Category Archives: OPERA TRIPS

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

KAOP PORGY & BESS GROUP DINNER

To end the day of opera festivities after Porgy & Bess, we enjoyed a beautiful dinner at The Smith in the private dining room.  I made the chose the menu items, and did the graphic design for the menu so it looked identical to the regular The Smith Menu with a few special details.  What […]

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:

February 01

THE GRAND TIER BRUNCH: PORGY & BESS

An elegant meal for our 40 guests at The Grand Tier was wonderful.  We enjoyed an appetizer, and a main course, then returned during intermission 95 minutes later for yummy dessert and drinks. POSSE VIDEOS: POSSE PHOTOS:

February 01

PORGY & BESS PRIVATE LECTURE BY WILL BERGER

Will Berger, esteemed author, radio host, commentator and hosted a private lecture for KAOP on the history and significance of Porgy & Bess prior to the historic Met Opera Live in HD Worldwide Broadcast. Porgy & Bess has nor been performed at The Metropolitan Opera in 25 years. According to the Gershwin Estate, Porgy & […]

October 06

KAOP AIDA DINNER AT DOHWA

We followed Aida with a raucous and extremely yummy Korean meal full of laughs and fun conversation. POSSE VIDEOS: POSSE PHOTOS:

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 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

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, […]

April 21

BABY BRASA DINNER

MAKING HEALTHY IRRESISTIBLE BABY BRASA is Franco Noriega’s first New York restaurant, modeled after the traditional pollerías that are a hallmark of Peruvian street cuisine. Responsibly sourced through D’Artagnan, our free-range organic chicken packs a flavor that can only come from the freshest ingredients and Peruvian spices. TEXT: Courtesy of http://www.babybrasa.com POSSE PHOTOS:

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

THE GRAND TIER BRUNCH: LUISA MILLER

Super sunny yummy brunch at The Grand Tier!  A gloriously sunny morning was a great start to a beautiful day with KAOP at The Met Opera! POSSE PHOTOS:

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: […]

January 15

THE WHITNEY: TOYIN OJIH ODUTOLA

For her first solo museum exhibition in New York, Toyin Ojih Odutola presents an interconnected series of fictional portraits, chronicling the lives of two aristocratic Nigerian families. Ojih Odutola (b. 1985) creates intimate drawings that explore the complexity and malleability of identity. Depicted in her distinctive style of intricate mark-making, her sumptuous compositions reimagine the […]

January 14

MOMA TOUR: THE LONG RUN

Innovation in art is often characterized as a singular event—a bolt of lightning that strikes once and forever changes what follows. The Long Run provides an alternate view: by chronicling the continued experimentation of artists long after their breakthrough moments, it suggests that invention results from sustained critical thinking, persistent observation, and countless hours in […]

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 […]

January 12

MET OPERA: ARCHIVES TOUR

The Metropolitan Opera Archives contain a vast collection of documents, photographs, artwork, costumes, and memorabilia reaching back to the company’s opening season in 1883. TEXT: Courtesy of http://www.metopera.org POSSE VIDEOS:                                                   […]

January 12

MEETING WITH MET OPERA EDUCATION DEPARTMENT: HD LIVE IN SCHOOLS PROGRAM

The Metropolitan Opera is committed to deepening student experiences with opera through access to our world-class productions, both in New York City and in schools across the country. Since its inception, the Met’s HD Live in Schoolsprogram has enriched the lives of nearly 115,000 students and teachers in New York City and across the United […]

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 08

86TH STREET SECOND AVENUE SUBWAY ART: CHUCK CLOSE

Subway Portraits (2016) © Chuck Close. NYCT Second Avenue – 86th Street Station. Ceramic tile, glass and ceramic mosaic. Fabricated by Magnolia Editions and Mosaika Art & Design. SAS_ArtMapFoldposter POSSE PHOTOS:

May 08

72ND STREET SECOND AVENUE SUBWAY ART: VIK MUNIZ

  Perfect Strangers (2016) © Vik Muniz. NYCT Second Avenue – 72nd Street Station. Glass mosaic and laminated glass. Fabricated by Franz Mayer of Munich. SAS_ArtMapFoldposter POSSE PHOTOS:

May 08

LIZ GLYNN OPEN HOUSE: NYC STREET ART- Central Park

At the turn of the 20th century, New York City’s wealthy elite gathered in opulent private ballrooms to define their social status. In contrast, Central Park granted democratic access to public space when it was established in the 1850s as one of the nation’s first urban parks. Open House is a new commission by Los […]

May 07

MET OPERA 50TH ANNIVERSARY GALA DINNER

OMG is all I can say!  The dinner started around 11:15pm and did not end until 2:30am!!! Meeting Placido Domingo, Maestro James Levine, Kristine Opolais, Ben Bliss, Eric Owens, Sonya Yoncheva and then reconnecting with Ann Ziff, Jeanette Neubauer, Vittorio Grigolo, Isabel Leonard, and my friends at The Met, and of course experiencing the evening with CorXy […]

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 06

ROBATAYA DINNER

At Robataya NY, where festive meets intimate, we pair oganic, local ingredients with their select Japanese counterparts. Originating in the Sendai region of Japan, Robatayaki is a traditional Japanese barbecue where fresh seafood, savory meats and seasonal vegetables are grilled before you over an open hearth. POSSE PHOTOS: ​​ ​

May 06

TENEMENT MUSEUM: MEET VICTORIA CONFINO

Drop in on 14-year-old Victoria Confino, who lived in the tenement in 1916, to hear about the immigrant experience in a more intimate setting. Tour her apartment, ask her questions about her life, and get a unique perspective on adjusting to life on the Lower East Side. POSSE PHOTOS: ​​

May 05

BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET: DER ROSENKAVALIER

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May 05

MET OPERA TRIP: DINNER AT THE GRAND TIER

The Grand Tier Restaurant and Revlon Bar are located on the Met’s Grand Tier level. Both locations are open two hours before every performance, in an atmosphere highlighted by spectacular chandeliers and original masterpieces by Marc Chagall. TEXT: Courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera​ ​​​  

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 05

CELEBRATING MS. JUDITH

Ms. Judith was KAOP’s greatest champion.  We took her to surprise club lunch at Bergdorf Goodman to celebrate her and her retirement.  She was our main Met Opera contact for the past 5 years.  We will miss her so much. POSSE PHOTOS:

May 04

MEETING WITH MR. PETER GELB

It was an honor to sit down with Mr. Gelb to talk about opera. PHOTOS:

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 […]

April 16

NYC OPERA TRIP FALL 2016- ROBATAYA DINNER

At Robataya NY, where festive meets intimate, we pair oganic, local ingredients with their select Japanese counterparts. Originating in the Sendai region of Japan, Robatayaki is a traditional Japanese barbecue where fresh seafood, savory meats and seasonal vegetables are grilled before you over an open hearth. Whether you choose to sit at the lively counter […]