What’s up at the Met this Week? Verdi and some more of “The Bat”


Ambrogio Maestri as Verdi’s Buffone Tragico, “Falstaff”

At The Met This Week:

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       Monday, October 28

“Two Boys” Broadcast Tomorrow night on Met Opera Radio and LIVE on the Met Opera Website

Two Boys

The Metropolitan Opera Presents Nico Muhly’s “Two Boys”

Monday October 21, 2013.

Broadcast on Sirius/XM Radio and Live on the Met Opera Listen Live

Broadcast begins at 7:55pm

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At The Met This Week


Tomorrow, October 14th at 3pm, meet James Levine for Signing at the Met Shop in Lincoln Center. 

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Meet James Levine


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

7:25pm October 14th, on Sirius/XM Radio  (Met Opera Radio)

Two Boys

A talk on Nico Muhly’s Opera, “Two Boys”

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 6:00 PM
Bruno Walter Auditorium at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Nico Muhly’s acclaimed opera, first seen in London in 2011, has its Met premiere in a production by Bartlett Sher. Peter Gelb talks with the composer, director, conductor David Robertson, and tenor Paul Appleby about bringing this thrilling contemporary work to the stage.

Anna Netrebko

Anna Netrebko and Mariusz Kwiecien

7:25pm Broadcast on Sirius/XM Radio (Met Opera Radio)

Norma Live at the Met tonight on Sirius/XM Radio (Met Opera Radio)

Norma Angela

Tonight begins the battle of the two Normas at the Metropolitan Opera.  Soprano’s Angela Meade and Sondra Radvanovsky take on the role that made so many sopranos legends in the role.  Very large shoes to fill in this regard.  Tonight, the Met Orchestra, which played exquisitely under the baton of Maestro Levine last week, will be conducted by Maestro Riccardo Frizza and Norma will be sung by Sondra Radvanovsky, Adalgisa by Kate Aldrich, Pollione by Aleksandrs Antonenko, and the illustrious James Morris will sing Oroveso.

Norma 1970

Whenever I think of Norma, I think of the magnificent Joan Sutherland and either Marilyn Horne or Tatiana Troyanos as Adalgisa, or more specifically, Rosa Raisa, Claudio Muzio, or Rosa Ponselle in the title role.  Of course, one cannot forget the magnificent technical mastery of the role from La Divina, Maria Callas.  We’ll see how Ms. Radvanovsky fairs in the role this evening.  Historically, the role of Norma was meant for a large voice with incredible agility, a buoyant middle voice and squillo. Taxing is the role because of its weight and the requirement to move the voice fluidly through each melisma, and so it will be interesting to see which of these two sopranos, Ms. Meade or Ms. Radvanovsky, most suits the role.

Norma is a tragedia lirica  in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini with a libretto by Felice Romani after Norma, ossia L’infanticidio (Norma, or The Infanticide) by Alexandre Soumet. First produced at La Scala Milano on 26 December 1831, it is generally regarded as an example of the supreme height of the Bel Canto tradition.

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Listen Live to the Met Opera Broadcast of “The Nose”: Sat, Sept 28th at 12:55pm

The Nose 2

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ConductorValery Gergiev 
Police InspectorAndrey Popov 
The NoseAlexander Lewis 
KovalyovPaulo Szot

The Nose 1


Production: William Kentridge 
Stage Directors:  William Kentridge, Luc De Wit 
Set Designers: William Kentridge, Sabine Theunissen 
Costume Designer:  Greta Goiris 
Video Compositor and Editor: Catherine Meyburgh 
Lighting Designer: Urs Schönebaum

The Nose


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OPERCHAT LIVE: Met Season Opener 2013, Eugene Onegin

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OPERACHAT LIVE: Met Season Opener 2013, Eugene Onegin – Join Now! (LIVE Try Relay: the free SMS and picture text app for iPhone.)

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Operachat begins tomorrow night at 6:30pm


Aficionados, singers, and opera lovers, join me tomorrow night for the live broadcast of the Met’s season opener, Eugene Onegin.  An opera chat link will be available tomorrow and the chat will begin at 6:30pm.  TLV will join a little after 7pm. Come share your opinions, discuss singing, and hear an opening night, which is always an historic event, with other opera lovers.  See you there!

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Traviata at the Wiener Staatsoper, Tues, Sept 3rd and New Live Streaming!

LA TRAVIATA: Giuseppe Verdi

Vienna State Opera

Way to open the season with a Verdi opera, you wonderful Austrians!!!!

  • Marco Armiliato | Dirigent
  • Jean-Francois Sivadier | Regie
  • Alexandre de Dardel | Bühne
  • Virginie Gervaise | Kostüme
  • Cecile Kretschmar | Maske
  • Philippe Berthomé | Licht
  • Boris Nebyla | Choreographie
  • Veronique Timsit | Regiemitarbeit
  • Aleksandra Kurzak | Violetta Valéry
  • Massimo Giordano | Alfred Germont
  • Simon Keenlyside | George Germont, Alfreds Vater


From Fall 2013, the Wiener Staatsoper will present selected opera- and ballet performances worldwide via high quality live stream on Samsung Smart TV and Internet.

Details about this project will be presented in October 2013. Latest news will also be available via ourNewsletter and on our Facebook page.

Click here for the September 2013 Schedule