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The Metropolitan Opera

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The Metropolitan Opera is a vibrant home for the most creative and talented artists, including singers, conductors, composers, orchestra musicians, stage directors, designers, visual artists, choreographers, and dancers from around the world.  Launched in 1931, the Metropolitan Opera's Saturday matinee broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical program in radio history.  Known as the venue for the world’s greatest voices, the Met has been under the musical direction of James Levine since 1976. Maestro Levine is credited with having created one of opera’s finest orchestras and choruses. Since the summer of 2006, Peter Gelb has been the Met’s general manager—the 16th in company history. Under his leadership, the Met has been elevating its theatrical standards by significantly increasing the number of new productions, staged by the most imaginative directors working in theater and opera, and has launched a series of initiatives to broaden its reach internationally.

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Photo by: Pavel Vaan & Leonid Semenyuk

Dmitri Hvorostovsky was an amazing opera singer.  He had such a voice and dramatic stage presence, and he was charming, handsome, and distinctive.

I am just one of many who count him among my favorites and mourn his passing. I’m struggling to write anything of substance to explain how intensely I love his performances, and the tears that I’m shedding at the death of someone I didn’t actually know in person – just admired so very much.  

Joyce DiDonato. Photo: Simon Pauly

New Yorker music critic Alex Ross has a theory about the present state of classical music culture in New York City.  It's back to the future. 

In his words, leading institutions are choosing repertoire that reflect "the eternal return to the world that was." 

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The Metropolitan Opera's Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series The Met: Live in HD continues for the 2017-2018 season, featuring 10 live transmissions. Don’t miss the chance to experience the Met live at your local movie theater!

NOTE: Theater times vary.  All radio broadcasts begin at 1:00pm.

This season, Rochester patrons will have the option of seeing Met @ the Movies at Regal Eastview Mall 13 (70 Eastview Mall Dr. Victor), Tinseltown Cinemark (2291 Buffalo Rd.), Regal Henrietta Stadium 18 (525 Marketplace Dr.) and Webster 12 (2190 Empire Blvd).

This season's operas include...

The 64th Met Opera Radio National Council Grand Finals concert, hosted by soprano Renée Fleming with guest artists soprano Amber Wagner, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton and tenor Michael Fabiano, was recorded March 19th.  The 2017 finalists are: Natalie Image, Soprano, Cody Quattlebaum, Bass-Baritone, Samantha Hankey, Mezzo-Soprano, Richard Smagur, Tenor, Kirsten MacKinnon, Soprano, Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, Countertenor, Gabriella Reyes de Ramírez, Soprano, Kyle van Schoonhoven, Tenor, Vanessa Vasquez, Soprano

May 2017 highlights for The Metropolitan Opera

Apr 30, 2017
https://www.metopera.org/season/2016-17-season/rosenkavalier-strauss-tickets/

5/6        Alfano: Cyrano De Bergerac

The comedy/tragedy of Cyrano de Bergerac and his beloved Roxane, a love story for the ages, comes alive in this rediscovered operatic gem, which packs the power of full-blooded Italian verismo. The title role is a signature part for the charismatic star tenor Roberto Alagna, performing it with the company for the first time opposite Met favorite Patricia Racette, who plays his secret love. Marco Armiliato conducts.

5/13      Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier

http://www.metopera.org/Season/2016-17-Season/rosenkavalier-strauss-tickets/

The Metropolitan Opera wraps up the 2016-2017 broadcast season with a Live in HD theater presentation of Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier (Live in HD Theatercast begins at 12:25 pm, radio broadcast begins at 1:00 pm)

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Say it ain't so, Renée!  

Beloved singer (and Rochester icon) Renée Fleming is saying farewell to staged opera with a performance of Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier this spring. But of course, that doesn't mean she's done with music. She'll be singing concerts, continuing her work with the Lyric Opera of Chicago as their Creative Consultant, and more.

Read all about it in the New York Times

UPDATE: Not so fast, says Renée Fleming in an interview with NPR! She also says she still likes the New York Times article, despite that one misunderstanding.

April 2017 highlights for The Metropolitan Opera

Mar 26, 2017
http://www.rudigall.de/opernbayern/porgramme/der-fliegende-hollaender/index.html

4/1        Beethoven:  Fidelio

Beethoven’s only opera—an ode to freedom, justice, and the human spirit—returns to the Met with a fine cast. Adrianne Pieczonka is Leonore, who, disguised as Fidelio, courageously fights for her husband Florestan’s freedom. Klaus Florian Vogt is Florestan, Greer Grimsley is Don Pizarro, and Falk Struckmann is Rocco. Sebastian Weigle conducts.

4/8        Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

March 2017 highlights for The Metropolitan Opera

Feb 26, 2017
http://www.forumcinemas.ee/eng/Event/299746/

3/4        Massenet: Werther

Edward Gardner; Anna Christy (Sophie), Isabel Leonard (Charlotte), Vittorio Grigolo (Werther), David Bižid (Albert), Maurizio Muraro (Le Bailli)

3/11      Verdi: La Traviata

Nicola Luisotti; Sonya Yoncheva (Violetta Valéry), Michael Fabiano (Alfredo Germont), Thomas Hampson (Giorgio Germont)

3/18      Rossini: Guillaume Tell

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