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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. 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.

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The Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals Concert took place on April 29th with maestro Bertrand de Billy leading the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato hosts the program and will perform a duet with guest artist, tenor Bryan Hymel.  The winners of this finals concert are pictured at the left and include Ashley Dixon, Mezzo-Soprano, Northwest Region; Jessica Faselt, Soprano, Upper Midwest Region; Madison Leonard, Soprano, Middle Atlantic Region; Carlos Santelli, Tenor, Western Region; and Hongni Wu, Mezzo-Soprano, Eastern Region.

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5/5       Gounod: Roméo et Juliette

Bartlett Sher’s production of Gounod’s sumptuous Shakespeare adaptation was a hit of the 2016–17 Met season (“a revelation” declared the Huffington Post). Now the sweeping tragedy returns with Ailyn Pérez and Bryan Hymel, both celebrated in French repertoire, as the star crossed young lovers. Plácido Domingo conducts.  

Met Opera host Mary Jo Heath talks with soprano Ailyn Pérez about her performance of Juliette.

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Check back with this post each week to hear opera previews and artist spotlights recorded by Met Opera host Mary Jo Heath.

Joyce DiDonato sings the title role in Massenet's Cinderella story Cendrillon (4/28)

4/7       Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

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3/3       Puccini: Madama Butterfly

Anthony Minghella’s stunning production of Puccini’s heartbreaking opera, an instant Met classic since its 2006 premiere, returns with Hui He and Ermonela Jaho in the tragic title role of the trusting geisha. Roberto Aronica and Luis Chapa alternate as her callous American lover, Pinkerton, and Jader Bignamini and Marco Armiliato conduct.

3/10      Rossini: Semiramide

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Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore returns to the Met Opera broadcasts this month (2/10) starring South African soprano Pretty Yende as Adina.

2/3       Verdi:  Il Trovatore

Sir David McVicar’s exhilarating production of Verdi’s thrilling depiction of life on the edge features Maria Agresta as the noble heroine, Leonora, Yonghoon Lee as the troubadour who loves her, Quinn Kelsey as his rival, and Anita Rachvelishvili as the Gypsy Azucena, whose bloodthirsty curse propels the story. Marco Armiliato conducts.

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1/6       Humperdinck:  Hansel and Gretel

A Met English-language holiday presentation, Richard Jones’s clever production of Humperdinck’s fairy-tale opera is based on the Brothers Grimm story. Donald Runnicles conducts the sweeping score and a delightful cast, including the legendary Dolora Zajick as the wayward siblings’ mother. Tara Erraught and Ingeborg Gillebo share the role of Hansel, and Lisette Oropesa and Maureen McKay share the role of Gretel.

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James Levine, a legendary conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, has been accused of sexually abusing a teenager in Illinois for a period of several years in the 1980s.

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The Met Opera 2017-2018 radio broadcasts for  December. Click to hear previews and interviews.


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.  

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