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Opening Night Closed
What a lovely opening night it was! The second portion was wonderfully executed. All of the principal singers did their arias and ensembles to perfection and the final ensemble at the end of the opera was everything one could want for it to be.
It’s been such a pleasure to live-blog/tweet this season’s opening night. Here’s to a new fantastic season with a very promising start!
Opening Night: Intermission Post
The Met’s Figaro is going swimmingly. James Levine has maintained his signature adherence to the score. The orchestra playing is clean and clear. Ildar Abdrazakov is a wonderfully virile Figaro and Marlis Petersen’s playful voice perfectly pairs with Abdrazakov’s. Peter Mattei is a consistent pleasure to hear as the Count, and Amanda Majeski’s “Porgi Amor”, though showing some minimal nerves, was…
Met Opening Night: Pre-Performance Post
The performance is about to start! We heard a series of relatively awkward interviews with Richard Eyre, Pretty Yende, Bryan Hymel, and Peter Gelb. We’ll speak to Anna Netrebko in a coming intermission. Celebrities in attendance:
- Christine Baranski
- Vera Wang
- Susannah Phillips
- Anna Netrebko
- Andrew Rannels
- Renee Fleming
Let’s get this show on the road!
After cast changes, director changes, and a union crisis that almost toppled the season, it feels good to say(er, write), with certainty, that Opening Night at the Met is finally here! For those unaware, tonight’s performance is Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” in a new production by Richard Eyre with sets by Rob Howell. The production stars Ildar Abdrazakov as Figaro, Marlis Petersen as Susanna, Isabel Leonard as Cherubino, Peter Mattei as the Count, and Met debutante Amanda Majeski as the Countess. Marcellina and Dr. Bartolo are sung by Susanne Mentzer and John DelCarlo. James Levine conducts. To see some more extensive opinions on tonight’s presentation as well as the rest of the season, I refer you to Season Predictions Parts 1 and 2.
This is the first night of the Met’s 131st season, and there are many for you to be a part of it. The Met relays the opera live in Times Square as well as onto Lincoln Center Plaza, but a drawing for seats to the latter event was held last week. For those who aren’t able to make it into New York City, don’t fear because you can listen to the online live-stream on the Met’s website, of on channel 74 of Sirius XM radio, Metopera Radio. Coverage starts at 5:45 and includes red carpet interviews
with the celebrities that only go the the Met once a year as well as specials on singers and the opera. If you’re listening at home, you can find a libretto with an English translation here.
As usual, I’ll be blogging before, during intermissions, and after about the performance. In addition to that, I’ll be live-tweeting the performance on my Twitter pageOpening Night at the Met: Everything you need to know After cast changes, director changes, and a union crisis that almost toppled the season, it feels good to say(er, write), with certainty, that Opening Night at the Met is finally here!
Met 2014-15 Season Predictions- Part 2
The Merry Widow: I’m glad the Met has realized that cheerful operettas are the best choice for New Year’s Eve performances. Tony-winner Susan Stroman’s new production opens with Renee Fleming as Hanna and Broadway debutant and personal favorite Kelli O’Hara as Valencienne in a cast that also stars Nathan Gunn and Alek Shrader. Later in the run, Susan Graham, Danielle DeNiese, Rod Gilfry,…
Met Season Predictions- Part 1
Opening night at the Met is one of my favorite days of the year. A new season connotes discovery, excitement, and a whole other slew of exciting performances to look forward to. Especially after the Met’s unusually long summer break, a new season brings back that sense of currency and anticipation to the opera community. Since my season predictions are unusually late this year, let’s jump right…
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