Category: Opera

Review: Die Fledermaus

Anthony Roth Costanzo and Paulo Szot in Die Fledermaus (©Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)    The Metropolitan Opera appropriately ushered in the New Year with Die Fledermaus, Johann Stauss Jr.’s classic comedic operetta set on New Year’s… more »

Review: Rigoletto

It’s not often you see a half-naked pole dancer cavorting onstage at the Metropolitan Opera House. But that’s just one of the many startling sights in their new production of Rigoletto. Staged by theater director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, American… more »

Review: The Enchanted Island

For better or worse—depending upon your predilection--the Metropolitan Opera’s The Enchanted Island is the operatic equivalent of a juke box musical. This Baroque pastiche devised and written by Jeremy Sams uses the music of such composers as Handel, Viv… more »

Review: Don Giovanni

It’s easy to imagine that the Metropolitan Opera has by now adopted a “damned if we do, damned if we don’t” mentality. If they attempt to give operatic masterpieces a fresh, updated spin—ala Luc Bondy’s controversial production of Tosca a couple of seaso… more »

Review: Die Walküre

It’s the moment everyone’s been waiting for. The ride of the Valkyries, featuring that immortal Wagner music that got seared into moviegoers’ memories thanks to Apocalypse Now. And in the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Die Walküre, the scene does… more »
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