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New CD releases for the Verdi Bicentennial

Anna Netrebko Verdi Album
Anna Netrebko Verdi Album
October 24, 2013

Two new CD releases are shaking up the opera world

A New Controversy for the Metropolitan Opera

Anna Netrebko and Valery Gergiev in concert, St. Petersburg
August 12, 2013

The Putin government ‘s threats against homosexuals has led to protests aimed at the Metropolitan Opera.

Women Scorned: The Met’s HD Anna Bolena and the Fury That Wasn’t

photograph of the facade of the White Tower of the Tower of London
The White Tower, within the famed Tower of London complex
17, 2011

The Met’s Anna Bolena shows Anne Boleyn was the bigger man.

Critics ‘Tut Tut’ Soprano for…Smiling

Anna Netrebko in Anna Bolena
7, 2011

Reaction to Ovation Breaks Character-Ruins the Moment, Critics Say Soprano Anna Netrebko was singing the incredibly difficult title role in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena. The final scene begins with the aria “Al dolce guidami,” its final note slowly diminishing to nothing. The audience exploded in cheers that went on far longer than is usual at the [...]

Anne Boleyn…The Opera!

Anne Boleyn (1503?-1536) on her last day referred to herself as 'Anne sans-tete'
September 24, 2011

Donizetti’s Anna Bolena opens the Metropolitan Opera’s 128th season. Anna Netrebko inherits the title role from Maria Callas, Beverly Sills, Leyla Gencer and Joan Sutherland

Classical Headlines: New York Philharmonic on the Move (Maybe)

Jason Weinberger conducts
Jason Weinberger, resident conductor of the Louisville Orchestra. The orchestra is a focus this week of positive stories as it plans to emerge from bankruptcy.
2, 2011

Todays classical headlines include more on the musical journey out of bankruptcy for the Louisville Orchestra, a (possible) temporary home for the New York Philharmonic and last-minute cancellations on the Met’s upcoming tour of Japan.

‘Song to the Moon’

Photo of the moon in the night sky above the Sydney Opera House roof.
The moon shines over Sydney Opera House. Many operas use moon metaphor and imagery to communicate ideas.
18, 2011

There’s a very bright and large full moon in March; it will still be some 211,600 miles away, but, perhaps, spectacular enough to approach the kind of moon that resides in the mind of the artist, writer or composer, for whom it always seems to appear rather overlarge and magnificent.