Category Archives: LIVE OPERA

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

PRE & POST OPERA CHATS WITH GAIL, PAUL & MY PARENTS

My AT&T video profile inspired my friend Gail who HATES opera to try opera in hopes that she could see it through my eyes.  By coincidence, we were both in Vienna over the holidays and I already had tickets to Die Zauberflote.  She asked if she and Paul could come and also asked if before […]

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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June 18

THE SECRET SPOT GATHERING

A summer night gathering at The Secret Spot with with a band atop the Carl’s studio, dogs ad beachballs.  So fun!   POSSE PHOTOS:

ATLANTA OPERA: ROMEO & JULIET BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET

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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 BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET

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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:

March 13

ATLANTA OPERA: PIRATES OF PENZANCE

As Frederic enters the rank of full pirate at the end of his apprenticeship, he and his fellow pirates court the daughters of Major-General Stanley. This sets off a hilarious course of riotous events that pit Frederic against his pirate clan. The Pirates of Penzance is a rollicking show with serious operatic chops. Seán Curran will direct […]

October 11

ATLANTA OPERA: LA BOHEME BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET

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October 11

ATLANTA OPERA: LA BOHEME

PUCCINI 2015-2016 OPERA SEASON @ 12:55 PM RUN TIME:  HR MIN The masterpiece by Puccini introduces us to Mimì and Rodolfo, young lovers living in Paris in the nineteenth century. Their group of bohemians (poets, painters, philosophers) traverses the emotional landscapes of love, poverty and ultimately, loss. This production by General & Artistic Director Tomer […]

October 08

ATLANTA OPERA PATRON PARTY

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September 26

NYC OPERA TRIP FALL 2015: ANNA BOLENA- OPENING NIGHT

GAETANO DONIZETTI 2015-2016 HD OPERA SEASON SEPTEMBER 26, 2015 @ 12:55 PM RUN TIME: 3 HRS 30 MIN Sondra Radvanovsky embarks on her quest to sing all three of Donizetti’s Tudor queens, here as Anne Boleyn. Ildar Abdrazakov is King Henry VIII, Jamie Barton is Jane Seymour, the king’s consort, and Stephen Costello plays the […]

September 26

NYC OPERA TRIP FALL 2015- ANNA BOLENA BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET

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September 25

NYC OPERA TRIP FALL 2015: IL TROVATORE- OPENING NIGHT

GIUSEPPE VERDI 2015-2016 HD OPERA SEASON SEPTEMBER 25, 2015 @ 8:00 PM RUN TIME: 2 HRS 45 MIN Text courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera website:  http://www.metopera.org CONDUCTOR: Marco Armiliato PRODUCTION: CAST:  Anna Netrebko, Dolora Zajick, Yonghoon Lee, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Stefan Kocan   CAST SHEET & SYNOPSIS: David McVicar’s dramatic production, first seen in 2009, highlights the raw […]

September 25

NYC OPERA TRIP FALL 2015- IL TROVATORE BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET

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June 06

ASO- SAMSON AND DALILA

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS RUN TIME: 2 hours 2014-2015 ASO SEASON JUNE 6 @ 7:30 PM It’s the ultimate story of love, seduction, and betrayal — Samson and Delilah. According to the Old Testament, Samson’s great strength embodied in his flowing hair made him invincible, until he met his greatest weakness in a woman named Dalila. She seduced him […]

April 12

LIVE ATLANTA OPERA- THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART 2014-2015 OPERA SEASON OCTOBER 18, 2014 @ 3:00 PM RUN TIME: 3 HRS Lovebird servants Figaro and Susanna prepare to tie the knot and in a single day the world of sexual politics is forever changed. Far beyond a simple sex farce, the transcendent music of Mozart elevates this story of upstairs-downstairs […]

April 12

ATLANTA OPERA BACKSTAGE TOUR

Shawn Rieschl Johnson – the Atlanta Opera Director of Production took us on a backstage tour before the performance.  Because it was a performance day, there was a lot of movement backstage by performers, stagehands, props, even set pieces. POSSE PHOTOS:

March 07

LIVE MET OPERA – Bizet’s Carmen

GEORGES BIZET 2014-2015 HD OPERA SEASON MARCH 7, 2010 @ 1:00 PM RUN TIME: 3 HRS 10 MIN One of the most popular operas of all time, Carmen “is about sex, violence, and racism—and its corollary: freedom,” says Olivier Award-winning director Richard Eyre about his new production of Bizet’s drama. “It is one of the […]

March 03

ATLANTA OPERA: RIGOLETTO

The subject of one of Verdi’s greatest operas, the hunchbacked jester Rigoletto turns his mind to vengeance when he cannot protect the person he most loves from the person he most loathes. Recently premiered at Boston Lyric Opera, this new production directed by General & Artistic Director Tomer Zvulun, was hailed by the Boston Globe […]

November 16

LIVE ATLANTA OPERA- MADAMA BUTTERFLY

GIACOMO PUCCINI 2014-2015 ATLANTA OPERA SEASON NOVEMBER 16 @ 3:00 PM RUN TIME: 3 HRS For more than a century, audiences have been moved by Puccini’s haunting story of passion, honor, and sacrifice. The tragic tale of lovely Butterfly touches us all, as she experiences a metamorphosis from trusting girl in love to grown woman faced […]

October 11

NYC OPERA TRIP FALL 2014- MACBETH BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET

The magic continues… Judith arranged a mind-blowing private meet & greet with the entire cast- including the much anticipated Anna Netrebko!! PHOTOS:    

October 11

NYC FALL 2014 OPERA TRIP- LIVE MET OPERA – Verdi’s Macbeth

GIUSEPPE VERDI 2014-2015 HD OPERA SEASON OCTOBER 11, 2014 @ 12:55 PM RUN TIME: 3 HRS 15 MIN Star soprano Anna Netrebko delivers her searing portrayal of Lady Macbeth, the mad and murderous mate of Željko Lučić’s doomed Macbeth, for the first time at the Met. Adrian Noble’s chilling production of Verdi’s masterful adaptation of […]

May 04

ATLANTA OPERA: THE BARBER OF SEVILLE

Music by Gioachino Rossini Libretto by Cesare Sterbini Conducted by Craig Kier Directed by José Maria Condemi Sung in Italian with projected English translations The wily barber Figaro aids Count Almaviva in wooing the radiant maiden, Rosina. With masterful disguises and hilarious antics, romance unfurls right under the nose of an aghast Dr. Bartolo, intent […]

February 08

NYC OPERA TRIP 2014- MET LIVE: RUSALKA & BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET

ANTONIN DVOŘÁK 2013-2014 HD OPERA SEASON FEBRUARY 8, 2014 @ 12:55 PM RUN TIME: 3 HRS 20 MIN The great Renée Fleming returns to one of her signature roles, singing the enchanting “Song to the Moon” in Dvorák’s soulful fairy-tale opera. Tenor Piotr Beczala co-stars as the Prince, Dolora Zajick is Ježibaba, and dynamic young […]

October 13

ATLANTA OPERA: TOSCA

Music by Giacomo Puccini Libretto by Giacomo Puccini and Luigi Illica Conducted by Carl and Sally Gable Music Director Arthur Fagen Directed by Tomer Zvulun Sung in Italian with projected English translations Lies, lust and corruption turn a tale of love into a struggle for survival in Puccini’s Tosca.  Amid the bloodshed of revolutionary Rome, the […]

May 03

ATLANTA OPERA: AN ITALIAN GIRL IN ALGIERS

GIOACHINO PUCCINI 2012-2013 OPERA SEASON MAY 3, 2013  @ 8 PM RUN TIME: 2 HRS 45 MIN COBB ENERGY CENTER ATLANTA, GA Nicknamed “The Italian Mozart,” Rossini wrote The Italian Girl in Algiers when he was only 21 years old, and it is considered one of his most successful comedies. A story set inside a […]

April 08

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE LONDON: NABUCCO

GIUSEPPE VERDI 2012-2013 OPERA SEASON APRIL 8, 2013 @ 7:30PM RUN TIME: 2 HRS 50 MIN War has broken out between the Babylonians and Israelites. The Israelites have captured Fenena, younger daughter of the Babylonian King, Nabucco. In revenge, Nabucco vows to destroy Jerusalem, aided by the vengeful Abigaille. CONDUCTOR: Nicola Luisotti PRODUCTION: Daniele Abbado […]

March 10

LIVE: ATLANTA OPERA: LA TRAVIATA

GIUSEPPE VERDI 2012-2013 OPERA SEASON MARCH 10, 2013 @ 3 PM RUN TIME: 2 HRS  45 MIN COBB ENERGY CENTER ATLANTA, GA In this beautiful and tragic love story, Violetta Valéry, mistress of a wealthy baron, gets swept away by Alfredo Germont. Though they leave Violetta’s chaotic previous life, Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont, convinces Violetta […]

February 02

NYC OPERA TRIP 2013- MET LIVE- LE COMTE ORY PERFORMANCE & BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET

GIOACHINO ROSSINI 2012-2013 MET OPERA SEASON FEBRUARY 2, 2013 @ 1:00 PM RUN TIME: 2 HRS 45 MIN Rossini’s vocally dazzling comedy stars bel canto sensation Juan Diego Flórez in the title role of this Met production. He vies with mezzo-soprano Karine Deshayes, in the trouser role of Isolier, for the love of the lonely […]

November 18

ATLANTA OPERA: CARMEN

GEORGES BIZET 2012-2013 OPERA SEASON NOVEMBER 18, 2012 @ 3 PM RUN TIME  3 HRS COBB ENERGY CENTER ATLANTA, GA In celebration of the bicentennial of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth, the Atlanta Opera’s second opera of the 2012-2013 season will be the tale of opera’s most beloved “fallen woman,” La traviata. Based on La dame aux Camélias(1852), a […]

November 16

MUSICA A PALAZZO VENICE: LA TRAVIATA-

GIUSEPPE VERDI NOVEMBER 2012 RUN TIME: Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto Fondamenta Duodo o Barbarigo – S. Marco 2504 Facing the Grand Canal, witnesses testify to the building of this noble Venetian Palace around the 15th Century and to the authenticity of the Venetian Byzantine elements dating from the 12th and 13th centuries. Three staterooms adorn the […]