Category Archives: LIVE OPERA

February 01

MET OPERA LIVE: PORGY & BESS

One of America’s favorite operas returns to the Met for the first time in nearly 30 years. James Robinson’s stylish production transports audiences to Catfish Row on the Charleston waterfront, vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion, and heartbreak of its inhabitants. “If you’re going to stage Gershwin’s opera, this is how,” raved the Guardian when […]

February 01

PORGY & BESS BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET

After the incredible performance of Porgy & Bess, KAOP went backstage for a private Green Room with the artists.  We also went upstairs to the lobby to meet privately with Eric Owens and Angel Joy Blue after their CD signing.  What an incredible day! POSSE VIDEOS:   POSSE PHOTOS:

January 29

MET OPERA LIVE: LA DAMNATION DE FAUST

Berlioz’s compelling take on the Faust legend returns for the first time in a decade, with an ideal lineup of stars. High-flying tenors Bryan Hymel and Michael Spyres sing the doomed and besotted Faust, opposite dazzling mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča as the forsaken Marguerite and bass Ildar Abdrazakov as the malevolent Méphistophélès. Edward Gardner conducts. Please […]

November 30

MET OPERA: IL TRITTICO (IL TABARRO & SUOR ANGELICA

Jack O’Brien’s epic production of Puccini’s triple bill features first-class casting: tenor Marcelo Álvarez and soprano Amber Wagner are the illicit lovers of Il Tabarro, with baritone George Gagnidze as the spurned husband; soprano Kristine Opolais sings the shattering title role of Suor Angelica, alongside mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the Principessa; and the ageless Plácido Domingo takes […]

November 30

IL TRITTICO BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET WITH KRISTINE OPOLAIS

Zipped backstage after Suor Angelica to see Kristine for a quick hello and completely lost track of time catching up!  Completely stunned by her performance!  So great to reconnect!  Missed most of Gianni Schicchi but it was worth it. PHOTOS: VIDEOS:                               […]

November 29

MET OPERA: LA BOHEME BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET

This performance of La Boheme left me speechless!  So great to reconnect with Angel, Duncan & Ailyn after and debrief the performance, and just talk opera with my people!  Dinner was amazing!  Another wonderfully late opera night in NYC! PHOTOS: VIDEOS:          

November 29

MET OPERA LIVE: LA BOHEME

“A thrilling La Bohème … radiating warmth … luxury cast” (New York Times). Puccini’s timeless masterpiece of love and loss features two casts of young stars. Sopranos Nicole Car (in her highly anticipated Met debut) and Ailyn Pérez share the role of the ill-fated Mimì, opposite tenors Vittorio Grigolo and Michael Fabiano as the ardent […]

October 06

MET OPERA LIVE: AIDA MEET & GREET

Because of the craziness backstage after the Aida HD Performance and staff and singers getting set for the evening opera performance, backstage was crazy so we did not go backstage after the opera.  We happily waited at the Stage Door for the singers to come out.  It was super exciting.  You definitely had to try […]

October 06

MET OPERA LIVE: AIDA

Soprano Anna Netrebko and mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili reprise their incendiary partnership as Aida and Amneris—a highlight of the 2018–19 season—with tenor Piotr Beczała completing the greatest love triangle in all of opera as Radamès. Yannick Nézet-Séguin takes the podium for his first Opening Night performance as Met Music Director, leading director Michael Mayer’s grand new […]

October 06

MET OPERA LIVE: AIDA BRUNCH AT THE GRAND TIER

Perfect way to start the day with my girlies and adult friends at The Grand Tier before Aida!!! POSSE VIDEOS:     POSSE PHOTOS:    

October 05

MET OPERA: SAMSON & DALILA BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET

I have waited 10 years to meet Roberto Alagna!  Meeting him finally did not disappoint.  He is a true professional and beautifully kind person.  He had about 30 people waiting outside his dressing room.  He greeted, took pictures with, and signed autographs with true joy and an effervescent demeanor.  After such a tough week with […]

October 05

MET OPERA LIVE: SAMSON & DALILA

When mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and tenor Roberto Alagna joined forces for a new production of Carmen at the Met, the results were electrifying. Now this star duo reunites for another sensual French opera when they open the season in the title roles of Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic Samson et Dalila. Darko Tresnjak, who won a Tony Award for Best […]

July 14

TANGLEWOOD: LA BOHEME BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET

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April 21

BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET: LUISA MILLER

OMG IS ALL THAT WE CAN SAY!!! Piotr Bezcala, Placido Domingo & Family, and Sonya Yoncheva!!! This was a dream come true for all of KAOP and parents!  ❤️ POSSE PHOTOS: POSSE VIDEOS:

April 21

MET OPERA LIVE: LUISA MILLER

Plácido Domingo adds yet another role to his legendary Met career in this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love. Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role opposite Piotr Beczała in the first Met performances of the opera in more than ten years. Bertrand de Billy conducts. TEXT: Courtesy of http://www.metopera.org CURTAIN CALL: […]

March 07

MET OPERA LIVE: SEMIRAMIDE

A great night at The Metropolitan Opera with friends Ann, Richard, and my mom!  We enjoyed a glorious and tasty dinner at The Grand Tier and Semiramide!  Thank you so much Ann for hosting us, and thank you Etro for dressing me for this incredible night!  

February 03

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: ANDRIS NELSONS CONDUCTS MOZART AND SHOSTAKOVICH FEATURING SOPRANO KRISTINE OPOLAIS

Andris Nelsons, conductor Kristine Opolais, soprano Alexander Tsymbalyuk, bass MOZART Serenade No. 10 in B-flat for winds, K.361, Gran Partita (40 min) SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 14* (48 min) *Sung in Russian with English supertitles The BSO presents one of Shostakovich’s most unusual symphonies, No. 14, which continues the BSO’s complete cycle of Shostakovich symphonies being recorded for future […]

January 14

MET OPERA: LE NOZZE DI FIGARO BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET

The trip to the Green Room this trip was outrageous!  We got to meet the entire cast- and they were so gracious.  I could not believe Ildar and Isabelle remembered me!  Ildar said “Everyone knows you.”  Nadine shouted “OMG I know you from Instagram.’  Ailyn was so nice!  I was able to have brief but […]

January 13

MET OPERA: LE NOZZE DI FIGARO

An exceptional ensemble of performers—including Ailyn Pérez, Nadine Sierra, Isabel Leonard, Luca Pisaroni, Mariusz Kwiecien, and Ildar Abdrazakov—share the stage in Mozart’s comic yet profound look at human nature and one crazy day in a wealthy Spanish household. Acclaimed Mozartean maestro Harry Bicket conducts Richard Eyre’s high-spirited production. TEXT: Courtesy of http://www.metopera.org VIDEOS: POSSE PHOTOS:

January 13

MET OPERA: THE GRAND TIER GROUP DINNER

We started our evening at the opera having dinner for 20 at The Grand Tier Restaurant! The food was incredible and the service was excellent.  As usual, the Met Opera team made us feel wonderfully welcome and special coming from coast to coast to see Le Nozze di Figaro!  Our group of adults and teens […]

January 12

MET OPERA: TOSCA BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET

I went backstage after the performance to congratulate Vittorio on an epic performance of Cavaradossi!  When I saw him- his voice was a whisper- it was finished from giving all to the performance.  He dashed away to take care of his voice and head to bed.  Truly, an incredible night! POSSE PHOTOS:

January 12

MET OPERA LIVE: TOSCA

Puccini’s melodrama about a volatile diva, a sadistic police chief, and an idealistic artist has offended and thrilled audiences for more than a century. Critics, for their part, have often had problems with Tosca’s rather grungy subject matter, the directness and intensity of its score, and the crowd-pleasing dramatic opportunities it provides for its lead […]

November 19

LA OPERA: BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET

OMG!  My first experience at the LA Opera was mindblowing!!  Not only did I thoroughly enjoy the performance of Nabucco with Placido and Liudmyla – I also was honored to meet John Nuckols EVP of the LA Opera, Christopher Koelsch – President and CEO of the LA Opera, and James Conlon – Richard Seaver Musical […]

November 19

LA OPERA: NABUCCO

Final performance Sunday, November 19! As an aging king descends into madness, his bloodthirsty daughter begins a reign of terror, leaving a defenseless populace to battle for freedom from their oppressors. A monumental opera that made Verdi a national hero, Nabucco boasts a bold score that goes straight to the heart, highlighted by the immortal […]

October 04

MET OPERA: LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET

Les Contes D’Hoffmann LIVE was even better than I thought it would be.  Vittorio Grigolo as Hoffmann and Erin Morley as Olympia were outstanding!  It was definitely a night to remember. POSSE PHOTOS:

October 04

THE MET: LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN

Vittorio Grigolo sings the title role of the tortured poet in Offenbach’s glittering treatment of the stories of E.T.A. Hoffmann. Bartlett Sher’s production provides a vibrant backdrop for this operatic journey through the hero’s many love affairs. Johannes Debus conducts. TEXT: Courtesy of http://www.metopera.org PHOTOS:    

October 02

MET OPERA: LA BOHEME BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET

It was great seeing Angel make her debut at The Metropolitan Opera House as Mimi- she was incredible and will  definitely have a long and wonderful career.  It was incredible to go to dinner with the cast and hang out and talk opera with people who love it as much as I do. PHOTOS:   […]

October 02

THE MET: LA BOHEME

The world’s most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with a series of exciting casts. Angel Blue in the role of the fragile Mimì, with Dmytro Popov as the poet Rodolfo. Alexander Soddy and Marco Armiliato share conducting duties. TEXT: Courtesy of http://www.metopera.org PHOTOS:  

August 26

BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET AT TANGLEWOOD 

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August 26

TANGLEWOOD: KRISTINE OPOLAIS JOINS ANDRIS NELSONS FOR AN EXCITING EVENING OF OPERA & SONG

On Saturday, August 26, soprano Kristine Opolais, bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus join Music Director Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra for an evening of opera and song.Bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel replaces baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky in the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Saturday, August 26, opera gala program at Tanglewood. PHOTOS & VIDEOS:   […]

June 08

MET OPERA VISIT

Made my once-a-trip pilgrimage to The Met Opera just to breathe the air, touch the building, see some friends, and drop off Met Opera Guild Membership checks from members of my Kids Opera & Art Posse.    It was great seeing Jerry and Cory, and catching up on all things opera. POSSE PHOTOS: ​ ​​ […]

May 11

BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET: DON GIOVANNI

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May 11

MET OPERA: DON GIOVANNI

Three charismatic singers, Simon Keenlyside, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Mariusz Kwiecien, share the role of the title hero, who goes to hell in a dazzling coup de théâtre. The ensemble of great Mozartean singers includes Angela Meade, Marina Rebeka, Isabel Leonard, Matthew Polenzani, Erwin Schrott, and Paul Appleby. Fabio Luisi and Plácido Domingo conduct. POSSE PHOTOS: ​

May 07

MET OPERA 50TH ANNIVERSARY GALA PERFORMANCE

50 Years at Lincoln Center A Gala Celebration SUNDAY, MAY 7, 2017 On September 16, 1966, the Metropolitan Opera opened its doors for the first time in a new home at Lincoln Center, with the world premiere of Samuel Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra, starring Leontyne Price and Justino Díaz. The New York Times declared the opening of the […]

May 07

#LAST NIGHT AT THE MET

Best dressed list at The Met Opera 50th Anniversary Gala!

May 05

BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET: DER ROSENKAVALIER

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May 05

MET OPERA LIVE: DER ROSENKAVALIER

The dream cast of Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elīna Garanča as Octavian star in Strauss’s grandest opera. In his new production, Robert Carsen, the director behind the Met’s recent Falstaff, places the action at the end of the Habsburg Empire, underscoring the opera’s subtext of class and conflict against a rich backdrop of gilt […]

May 02

ATLANTA OPERA: TURANDOT

Puccini’s epic tale centers around the Princess Turandot, who decapitates each suitor who fails to answer her riddles. Calaf falls in love with the ruthless Princess and heroically wins her ghastly game. Shockingly, Calaf proposes his own riddle to the Princess and puts his love and life in the hands of Turandot. Italian tenor Gianluca Terranova, […]

April 02

ATLANTA OPERA: DON PASQUALE

In this modern production from director Chuck Hudson set in the golden era of Hollywood, Don Pasquale is an aging silent film star at the sunset of his career. Our protagonist sets off to find a wife and heir to his fortune. He gets hitched to the devious Norina, a widowed gold digger who conspires with Ernesto, […]

March 04

WERTHER BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET

This performance was incredible!  I sat front row center, then Cory met us to escort us backstage to meet Vittorio & Isabel.  Vittorio was incredible- he drew me a picture, signed my program, took selfies with my mom and I and gave us hugs!  On the way out of the opera house, he motioned me […]