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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." 

During our “Opera Intervention” on Connections, I promised that I would send some links to great opera productions that you can watch online. I’m still working on it!  But I thought you might enjoy this rather specific slice of opera life. 

Caitlin Ochs for The New York Times

An emotional crowd cheered soprano Renée Fleming on Saturday after her final performance as the Marschallin in Richard Strauss’s “Der Rosenkavalier.”

“I’m thrilled to be leaving her on a high note with this phenomenal cast and gorgeous, smart new production," she said.  "I wouldn’t mind stopping the clocks for a moment or two today.”

See video and read more here.

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)

North Carolina Music Hall Of Fame

One of the most successful professors at the Eastman School of Music is four-time Grammy Award-winning American tenor Anthony Dean Griffey.  Tony says he started his career a long way from the Metropolitan Opera.

Opera tenor Anthony Dean Griffey was born in High Point, North Carolina and holds degrees from Wingate University, the Eastman School of Music, the Juilliard School and was a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Program.

The Metropolitan Opera has announced the cancellation of its new performance of Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino” by the daring Spanish opera director Calixto Bieito, scheduled for the 2017-2018 season.  Read what Met General Manager Peter Gelb has to say about this.

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The “thrilling star team” (New York Observer) of Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo sing with “white-hot sensuality and impassioned lyricism” (New York Times) as Shakespeare’s classic star-crossed lovers in Gounod’s lush adaptation. Director Bartlett Sher’s “brilliant and inspired new production … is a revelation” (Huffington Post), and has already won acclaim for its vivid 18th-century milieu and stunning costumes during runs at Salzburg and La Scala.

January 2017 Highlights for the Metropolitan Opera

Jan 1, 2017

A month of classics this month from the Metropolitan Opera, featuring the legendary Placido Domingo, Diana Damrau, and more!

1/7        Verdi:  Nabucco The legendary Plácido Domingo brings another new baritone role to the Met under the baton of his longtime collaborator James Levine. Liudmyla Monastyrska is Abigaille, the warrior woman determined to rule empires, and Jamie Barton is the heroic Fenena. Dmitri Belosselskiy is the stentorian voice of the oppressed Hebrew people.

1/14      Puccini:  La Bohème The Met presents its spectacular Zeffirelli production,with multiple excellent casts: Ailyn Pérez and Kristine Opolais are paired with Dmytro Popov, Piotr Beczała, and Michael Fabiano, as the young Parisian lovers at the center of the story. Susanna Phillips, David Bizic, and Massimo Cavalletti also star. Carlo Rizzi and Marco Armiliato conduct....

Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky announced this week that he will step back from several opera performances at the Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna State Opera and the Royal Opera House due to health concerns. 

According to Opera News, Hvorostovsky was to have sung the title character in Metropolitan Opera performances of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin in March and April.  Now, Peter Mattei will perform the role in April with the worldwide transmission as part of the Met's Live in HD series on April 22nd.

On December 1st (airing on Classical 91.5 on Sat Dec 10 at 1:00 p.m.) the Metropolitan Opera will present the first fully staged opera composed by a female composer since 1903.