While we have enjoyed working with Maestro Nézet-Séguin since his debut conducting Carmen in 2009, this year is full of even more excitement and promise, as Maestro has stepped into the role of Music Director with gusto, and the palpable energy felt in the opera house these days is an auspicious beginning to a long, productive musical and artistic collaboration.Read More
Between scenes in an opera, Met choristers can sometimes have a bit of time on their hands. For some of us, this time was spent reading, and discussing, some great literature. Now we'd like to open up our Met Opera Chorus Book Club to all of YOU! Bass chorister (and Met Chorus Committee Chair) Ned Hanlon will get you up to speed on what we're reading at the beginning of the season.Read More
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
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
As we rehearse on stage for the premiere of Sir David McVicar’s Metropolitan Opera production of Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux on Mar 24th, 2016, let’s take a moment to acknowledge the importance of costumes and costume designers in opera.Read More
The first time that I heard La Donna del Lago was in college. It was a recording of Marilyn Horne and I wondered if I would ever get to hear it live because it was staged so infrequently. That, and who could sing the demanding role of Elena?
Fast forward to 2015 and I’m in utter disbelief that I’m only mere feet away from Joyce DiDonato and Lawrence Brownlee, the main characters in Rossini’s operatic adaptation of Sir Walter Scott’s 1810 narrative poem. They both make it look so easy and my predominant thought is how people should be beating the door down to hear this indescribably beautiful singing – and it’s LIVE! Real, live people singing in the most extraordinary, beautiful bel canto style. The whole cast is truly wondrous.Read More