Check out a day in the life of Anne Dyas, a beloved member of the full-time Staff Performer roster, and you'll find out why the Met Chorus isn't the only group of performers with a claim to the craziest schedule in the opera house!Read More
School’s in sesson! Met Chorus tenor Dr. Jeremy Little (who just got his doctorate in musical arts at SUNY Stonybrook) shares with us the story of how Giuseppe Verdi emerged from retirement to transition from a formal compositional style to a more through-composed form, which you'll witness when you join us for Otello and Falstaff next season...Read More
When Met Extra Choristers Megan Pachecano & Tom Mulder aren’t performing on the Met stage, they’re molding young minds with an organization called ArtSmart, which was founded by Met Opera favorite Michael Fabiano. Read on to hear about all the wonderful work they’re doing to provide private vocal instruction (and much more) to kids in the metro area!Read More
All of us at the Metropolitan Opera may be dreaming of our future vacations, daytime naps, sandy beaches, and maybe a frosty tropical beverage or two, but you can bet our eyes are already set on the operatic gems we'll be presenting next season! If you're trying to figure out what shows to include in your subscription package, then click here to see what members of the Met Chorus are looking forward to performing!Read More
Saturday night, the Met Opera Chorus lost one of its own. Roger Andrews, who sang in the chorus for over 2,000 performances and performed solo roles 152 times at The Metropolitan Opera before retiring 4 years ago, passed away suddenly at the age of 67 of an apparent heart attack. Fellow chorister Rebecca Carvin writes:
I first met Roger when I was a new chorister during a List Hall rehearsal. I was carrying a book by Robertson Davies, a favorite author of mine, and as it turns out, one of Roger’s too. Thus commenced a long conversation about books, music, food, travel, family and personalities. Roger was often my partner on stage, and the conversation continued during breaks in the action. Funny, articulate, with a wealth of knowledge, Roger was a wonderful conversationalist. Our conversation was picked up over the years, never skipping a beat, and when he retired, it continued via the occasional email. Our last conversation was over dinner in Montreal, where my husband and I took a mini-vacation a few years back. We picked right up where we had left off, with Roger full of information about the joys of retirement, encouraging me to do it as soon as was reasonably possible. To Roger, life was full of fun and possibility. He is sadly missed, fondly remembered, and gone way too soon.
From Roger's bio:
Roger was trained in theory and composition at Queens College (NY), graduating cum laude with highest departmental honors. He has appeared as a baritone soloist in the opera houses of New York, San Francisco, Cleveland, and Caracas, Venezuela. While a professor at Kenyon College, he founded the Opera Program and honed his skills as a lecturer on a variety of musical topics. He has written program notes for orchestras and chamber groups around the country. A stage director as well, he was completing a doctorate at NYC in Theatre History when he was invited to join the Metropolitan Opera Chorus, where he performed over 2,000 performances, both as a chorister and as a soloist. After retiring from the Metropolitan Opera he began began working as a stage director and piano accompanist, in Northern New York State and Montreal.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, and his son, Rory. Rest in peace Roger.
The Metropolitan Opera Chorus may be one of the hardest working groups of people in the business, but giving back to the community is still a priority! Chorus members participated in two educational outreach opportunities this month, both with fabulous groups of attentive kiddos in Manhattan, our own backyard!Read More
Extraordinarily talented dancer Bradley Shelver (who has been a member of the Metropolitan Opera Ballet for 10 years) shares with us his amazing journey from Johannesburg, South Africa to the vibrant cultural mecca of New York City, and what brought him to write a book about dance technique.Read More
Easter came early this year, but if you're sad to see the season go, you're in luck: Greek Orthodox Easter is celebrated on April 8th! Having eaten your fair share of ham and Cadbury eggs, why not mix things up with a light, savory, and spring-y dish, brought to you by our resident Greek chorister Stephanie Chigas...?Read More
The Met Chorus's schedule is, unsurprisingly, a nightmare for administrators. You might wonder how we keep it all together? Well, meet Dan Hoy, who performs the unsung role of Chorus Administrator with aplomb (thanks, in part, to his experience in the extra chorus!).Read More
Staff performers, the non-singing actors of the Met stage, are essential to the success of all our operas. This month, we meet Mike Gomborone, whose performing life prior to the Met was so rich and varied, he had to write a whole book about it!Read More
Being a Met chorister often means lots of time spent rehearsing and performing, with not a lot of time left to give back. Thankfully, the company takes a break over the summer. While many of her colleagues were taking well-deserved vacations, Pat Steiner decided to use some of her time off to travel to South Africa to work with a group of incredible kids in Johannesburg...Read More
Welcome back to the Recipe Corner, where members of the Met Opera Chorus (and members of the artistic staff!) share with you their favorite gastronomic delights! This month, chorister Rebecca Carvin offers a savory treat that can be customized to your liking...Read More
Recalling warmer, sunnier days back in October when the Met Chorus Artists (the non-profit arm of the Metropolitan Opera Chorus) partnered with the Met Opera Education department to hand out candy, raffle off tickets to Hansel & Gretel, and meet some extremely cute costumed kiddos.Read More
We've been hard at work these past few months finishing up exciting productions of Merry Widow and Le Nozze di Figaro, as well as enjoying ourselves immensely in THREE of Sir David McVicar's productions: the sumptuous, stylish Tosca, the scintillating combo platter of Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci, and the critically acclaimed Il Trovatore! Oh, and let's not forget the bubbly L'Elisir d'Amore! But what's coming up in the next month or so? Read on to find out!Read More