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Ben Heppner Retires

Ben Heppner (center) as Tristan is joined by Ryan McKinny (left) as Melot, and Franz-Josef Selig as King Marke (right) in the Canadian Opera Company’s 2013 production of Tristan und Isolde.
Ben Heppner (center) as Tristan is joined by Ryan McKinny (left) as Melot, and Franz-Josef Selig as King Marke (right) in the Canadian Opera Company’s 2013 production of Tristan und Isolde.
1:30PM
April 25, 2014

Canadian tenor Ben Heppner has announced his retirement from singing.

Opera Abbreviated: Prince Igor

Ildar Abdrazakov as Prince Igor Svyatoslavich in Borodin's
Ildar Abdrazakov as Prince Igor Svyatoslavich in Borodin's "Prince Igor."
10:00AM
February 25, 2014

The latest Opera Abbreviated podcast features Borodin’s Prince Igor. See it live form the Met in HD on March 1 at noon, or listen to the live radio broadcast on Classical 101

Podcast: Opera Abbreviated – Rusalka

Piotr Beczala as the Prince and Renée Fleming in the title role of Dvořák's
Piotr Beczala as the Prince and Renée Fleming in the title role of Dvořák's "Rusalka."
11:00AM
January
29, 2014

Opera Abbreviated tells you everything you need to know aobut Dvorak’s opera Rusalka. You can see the opera in HD live from the Met on February 8.

Brokeback Mountain Becomes An Opera

8:40AM
January
27, 2014

Annie Proulx’s story Brokeback Mounain was made into a film in 2005. An operatic verison by Charles Wuorinen operns on January 28

Menotti’s “The Medium”: A Spooky Connection with the Spirit World

10:00AM
October
31, 2013

Did you hear that? That thing that just went bump in the night? Maybe it’s just the black cat dragging in another wayward trick-or-treater. Or maybe it’s something stirring in the world beyond. This vintage video of the 1948 live TV performance of Menotti’s opera “The Medium” brings the dark side of the spirit world to life on stage.

R.I.P. New York City Opera (1943-2013)

New York City Opera Poster from 1944
One of the first New York City Opera posters from 1944.
8:24AM
October 3, 2013

After 70 years, the legendary New York City Opera is no more.

Podcast: Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin

Opera Abbreviated Podcast by Classical 101
Opera Abbreviated Podcast by Classical 101
12:00PM
September 25, 2013

In the first episode of the Opera Abbreviated podcast, Christopher Purdy takes a look at Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, which will appear in movie theaters starting October 5 as the opening of The Met’s 2013-14 Live in HD season.

Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears

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Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, buried side by side in Aldeburgh, England
2:58PM
September 17, 2013

Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears were partners in music and in life.

Benjamin Britten is The Other Birthday Boy

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Benjamin Britten with soprano Galina Vishnevskaya
2:56PM
September 16, 2013

Benjamin Britten ‘s one hundred birthday is celebrated on November 22

Top Ten Tenors

9:00PM
August
31, 2013

Who is YOUR favorite tenor?