Category Archives: LIVE OPERA

MET OPERA LIVE: BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET SAMSON & DALILA

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 20

MET OPERA HD: SHADOWING GARY HALVORSON & MEDIA DEPARTMENT FOR HD BROADCAST OF SAMSON & DALILA

The Met invited me behind the scenes of the Met Opera Live in HD Broadcast of “Samson & Dalila” to shadow Director Gary Halvorson and his media team as they prepared for and mounted the Live in HD Broadcast.  I got to watch all the live rehearsals, and then watch the live feed from inside […]

July 14

TANGLEWOOD: LA BOHEME BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET

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July 14

TANGLEWOOD: LA BOHEME

PUCCINI La bohème Semi-staged performance sung in Italian with English supertitles Perhaps the world’s most popular opera, La bohème is an immortal story of love and loss set amidst the charming poverty of bohemian Paris. CAST: Boston Symphony Orchestra Andris Nelsons, conductor Kristine Opolais, soprano (Mimì) Jonathan Tetelman, tenor (Rodolfo) Susanna Phillips, soprano (Musetta) Franco Vassallo, […]

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 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 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 […]

March 04

THE MET OPERA: WERTHER

After a crazy week- we flew to NYC and went directly to The Met Opera to see Werther with Isabel Leonard & Vittorio Grigolo!  What a performance! POSSE PHOTOS:

February 17

CANDLER CONCERT SERIES: RENEE FLEMING

One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renée Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry, and compelling stage presence. At a White House ceremony in 2013, the President awarded her the National Medal of Arts, America’s highest honor for an individual artist. Known as “the people’s diva” […]

February 06

ATLANTA OPERA: MARIA DE BUENOS AIRES

Maria de Buenos Aires is the steamy story of Maria, the young prostitute who “was born on the day God was drunk.” As Maria falls in love with tango, she is pulled into a surreal world that blurs religion, dance and rebirth. This site-specific opera will be performed at Le Maison Rouge, the sexy burlesque hall […]

December 28

WIENER STAATSOPER: DIE ZAUBERFLOTE

CONDUCTOR: Adam Fischer DIRECTOR: Moshe Leiser DIRECTOR: Patrice Caurier CAST:  Sorin Caliban, Joseph Dennis, Albina Shagimuratova, Olga Bezsmertna, Georg Nigl   POSSE VIDEOS: POSSE PHOTOS:    

December 21

BAYERISCHE STAATSOPER: MACBETH

In honeyed tones, Lord and Lady Macbeth reveal their passionate and bizarre emotions to us. But behind this beauty there lurks an abyss, which Verdi unveils with one of the cruelest dramas in the history of world literature. In their struggle to seize power and retain it once it has been usurped, Macbeth and his […]

October 16

ATLANTA OPERA: THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO

Belmonte, with his sidekick Pedrillo, sets off to Turkey to rescue his betrothed Konstanze. The caper plays out in hilarious, action-packed circumstances wherein our heroes and heroines must outwit their captors, particularly the fiendish Osmin, overseer of the Pasha’s harem. The Abduction from the Seraglio is a farcical, colorful romance, and was one of Mozart’s first successes […]

August 26

VISIT TO THE MET OPERA

Made my pilgrimage to the MET while in NYC for Auntie Diana’s wedding so that I could drop off the donations I had already received for the 4th Annual KAOP Ring Cycle Endurance Walk, visit the Gift Shop, and just walk what for me is hallowed ground of The Met Opera.  I love this place […]

June 22

MET OPERA IN CENTRAL PARK: ANGEL JOY BLUE

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May 15

ATLANTA OPERA: ROMEO & JULIET

Come with The Atlanta Opera as we venture to Verona, and meet Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile feuding families. Not seen on the Atlanta Opera stage since 2007, Charles Gounod’s opera in five acts, sung in French, reexamines the story through a decidedly French romantic lens. In France, the work is regarded as […]

April 16

NYC OPERA TRIP 2016: ROBERTO DEVEREUX

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky takes on the extraordinary challenge of singing all three of Donizetti’s Tudor queen operas in the course of a single season, a rare feat made famous by Beverly Sills—and not attempted on a New York stage since. In this climactic opera of the trilogy, she plays Queen Elizabeth I, forced to sign the […]

April 15

NYC OPERA TRIP 2016: PRIVATE DRESS REHEARSAL PREVIEW OF MOZART’S ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO

Met Music Director James Levine returns to a work he has long cherished, Mozart’s delightful comic gem of wily captives in a harem. Text courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera POSSE PHOTOS: