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Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Metropolitan Opera


No. of reviews: 11

Hoffmann is a messy, but enjoyable, tale at the Met
28 Jan 15 / Broadway World
Vittorio Grigolo delivered a moving, musical performance, not just a personal appearance
22 Jan 15 / New York Observer
A pallid return for Hoffmann
19 Jan 15 / ConcertoNet (English)
A paucity of memorable stage moments in the Met’s ‘Tales of Hoffmann’
17 Jan 15 / CNY Café Momus
Tempering his strut, a peacock soars without overpowering
16 Jan 15 / New York Times
Bartlett Sher’s messy production has been deftly refocused
16 Jan 15 / Financial Times
The eternal optimist: Grigolo’s Hoffmann at The Met is simply spectacular
15 Jan 15 / Bachtrack
"Hoffmann's" tales fabulously staged with a sterling cast
14 Jan 15 / The Huffington Post
The first revival of Bartlett Sher’s serviceable 2009 production
14 Jan 15 / Classical Source
A wasted time
14 Jan 15 / parterre box
An inspired cast makes trippy magic in Met’s colorful “Hoffmann”
14 Jan 15 / The Classical Review
Die Lustige Witwe

Metropolitan Opera


No. of reviews: 20

Sous le soleil de Satan
28 Jan 15 / Leidmotief
A stunning production with superb set designs
21 Jan 15 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
No weak links in Met’s lavish Merry Widow
20 Jan 15 / Seen and Heard
Andrew Davis has the baton waving and Franz Lehar's jaunty tunes start to fizz and pop
19 Jan 15 / Broadway World
No wit, no sparkle
19 Jan 15 / Telegraph
Schmaltzy new Merry Widow underwhelms
19 Jan 15 / ConcertoNet (English)
The Met’s The Merry Widow tries to put a fresh twist on an airy classic
16 Jan 15 / New York Magazine
Renée Fleming makes a sour ‘Merry Widow’ at the Met
12 Jan 15 / New York Observer
The Merry Widow waltzes into the Met
11 Jan 15 / The Epoch Times
The Met’s The Merry Widow tries to put a fresh twist on an airy classic
10 Jan 15 / Vulture
Renee Fleming was at the top of her game and did not disappoint the entire evening
9 Jan 15 / Classical Source
Susan Stroman’s Met debut
7 Jan 15 / Wall Street Journal
Kelli O'Hara and director Susan Stroman make their Metropolitan Opera debuts with Franz Lehár's classic operetta
6 Jan 15 / Theater Mania
Gala opening to The Merry Widow at The Metropolitan Opera
4 Jan 15 / Bachtrack
Susan Stroman’s 'The Merry Widow' dances the Met into the new year
3 Jan 15 / The Examiner
A new 'Merry Widow' with Renee Fleming in widow's weeds
2 Jan 15 / The Huffington Post
Talking (and talking) about love
2 Jan 15 / New York Times
Susan Stroman’s production ramps up the cutesiness
2 Jan 15 / Financial Times
Debut Met production by Susan Stroman, of 'The Producers' fame, offers bright performances and dull patches
2 Jan 15 / New York Daily News
Champagne goes a bit flat in Met’s new “Merry Widow”
2 Jan 15 / The Classical Review
Opera with high kicks
The Merry Widow's Renee Fleming and Susan Stroman on bringing Broadway flair to the Met.
Making merry with ‘Widow’
Celebrities turn out for premiere at Metropolitan Opera House.
Kelli O'Hara rings in 2015 merrily, with Met debut
Tony Award winner Kelli O'Hara will make her Metropolitan Opera debut in the premiere of a new production of Franz Lehár's 1905 comic operetta The Merry Widow.
The Merry Widow’s fling with Hitler
The strange side story of the 1905 comic operetta, which is being presented by the Metropolitan Opera on New Year’s Eve.
La Traviata

Metropolitan Opera


No. of reviews: 12

La Traviata au Met Opera, avec Sonya Yoncheva
28 Jan 15 / Opera Online
Sonya Yoncheva joins the short list of great Violettas at the Met
22 Jan 15 / New York Observer
Thrilling Sonya Yoncheva's Violetta finds the truth in Met's La Traviata
20 Jan 15 / Broadway World
The Met’s ‘La Traviata’ lean on glamour, rich in insight
18 Jan 15 / CNY Café Momus
Wish upon a star
18 Jan 15 / parterre box
Irrepressible passion, laced With sadness
16 Jan 15 / New York Times
Marina Rebeka's Violetta is a transcendent rebel
23 Dec 14 / Latinos Post
Winter surprises at the Met
20 Dec 14 / New York Observer
Willy Decker's emotion-packed La traviata returns in triumph to The Met
18 Dec 14 / Bachtrack
The Met Opera’s near flawless performance of La Traviata
16 Dec 14 / Allvoices
Francesco Demuro steps in to save Met’s ‘La Traviata’
14 Dec 14 / New York Times
Living large and dying beautifully: New cast brings vivid life to Met’s “Traviata”
14 Dec 14 / The Classical Review
Sonya Yoncheva
Bulgarian soprano makes big impact as Met stand-in.
La bohème

Metropolitan Opera


No. of reviews: 12

Riccardo Frizza leads fresh, moving Bohème
26 Jan 15 / Classicalite
Kristine Opolais, Jean-Francois Borras, Marina Rebeka & Mariusz Kwiecien lead rendition of Puccini's masterpiece
22 Jan 15 / Latinos Post
Despite stage mishap, comedy and tragedy touch the heart in Met’s starry “Bohème”
17 Jan 15 / The Classical Review
Winter surprises at the Met
20 Dec 14 / New York Observer
Superb cast in an old favorite
18 Dec 14 / ConcertoNet (English)
Soprano Sonya Yoncheva brings voluptuous sound to debut in stellar ensemble of Met Boheme
6 Dec 14 / Broadway World
Sonya Yoncheva dans la Bohème au Metropolitan Opera de New York
3 Dec 14 / Opera Online
Sonya Yoncheva, Francesco Demuro & cast show how powerful great chemistry can be
28 Nov 14 / Latinos Post
Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva debuts memorable Mimì in middling 'La Bohème'
22 Nov 14 / Classicalite
Parachuting into a garret, and feeling right at home: Sonya Yoncheva as Mimì in the Met’s ‘La Bohème’
17 Nov 14 / New York Times
Tubercular or penniless, they’ll always have Paris
26 Sep 14 / New York Times
A welcome reprise of Zeffirelli's La Bohème at the Met
25 Sep 14 / Bachtrack
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Metropolitan Opera


No. of reviews: 18

The Met’s Mastersingers sound splendid
5 Jan 15 / Buenos Aires Herald
No guts, no glory
1 Jan 15 / Leidmotief
Arguing about a masterpiece
31 Dec 14 / The Opera Critic
C’est dans les vieux pots…
26 Dec 14 / Forum Opéra
Metropolitan Opera Live in HD, come of age
18 Dec 14 / Chicago on the Aisle
Holy German art
18 Dec 14 / ConcertoNet (English)
A moving Meistersinger from the Met
16 Dec 14 / Seen and Heard
A politically complicated Wagner and a winsome retelling of ‘Puss in Boots’
11 Dec 14 / New York Observer
A masterful production’s last days
10 Dec 14 / The Epoch Times
'Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg:' legendary performances all around
10 Dec 14 / Latinos Post
Musically solid Meistersinger at the Met fails to move
6 Dec 14 / Bachtrack
Evening-length glory at the Met
6 Dec 14 / Classical Voice North America
The Met’s (very) long-running Meistersinger
5 Dec 14 / Vuture
Although the entire performance was outstanding, the final Act was especially magnificent
4 Dec 14 / Classical Source
Production’s retirement party
4 Dec 14 / New York Times
A dutiful production is enlivened by James Levine’s conducting
4 Dec 14 / Financial Times
Met’s stolid “Meistersinger” fails to reach the high notes
4 Dec 14 / The Classical Review
A masterful "Die Meistersinger" with Levine as masterconductor
4 Dec 14 / The Huffington Post
The Met’s operatic endurance feat
The 6-Hour Wagner Comedy ‘Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg’ tests the endurance of audiences and performers alike.
Stepping back Into a role’s shoes
James Morris’s unexpected return to ‘Meistersinger’
Il barbiere di Siviglia

Metropolitan Opera


No. of reviews: 10

A Barbiere of middling qualità
30 Dec 14 / Seen and Heard
Le Barbier de Séville au Metropolitan Opera
17 Dec 14 / Opera Online
A charming Rossini lightens the Met’s stormy, newsy season
4 Dec 14 / New York Observer
Jovial Barbiere with Isabel Leonard cuts the mustard at the Met
3 Dec 14 / Broadway World
The spirited “Barber of Seville” at the Met
2 Dec 14 / The Epoch Times
The Met’s nicely coiffed ‘Barber of Seville’ a vocal delight, but the laughs don’t ‘cut it’
26 Nov 14 / CNY Café Momus
Mariotti produces nicely integrated sound in Met’s Il Barbiere
25 Nov 14 / Seen and Heard
Metropolitan Opera's Barber of Seville bubbles with coloratura and camp
21 Nov 14 / Bachtrack
A Figaro on a big stage, another in your lap
21 Nov 14 / New York Times
A fun-filled "Barbiere di Siviglia" with Leonard and Maltman
20 Nov 14 / The Huffington Post
Aida

Metropolitan Opera


No. of reviews: 7

Wilson’s triumphant Met debut lifts a long night in the desert
28 Dec 14 / The Classical Review
Il cast ha offerto una prova eccellente sotto tutti i punti di vista
11 Nov 14 / MTG Lirica
Big-boned but routine Aida
10 Nov 14 / Classics Today
Sometimes the haters are right: This trip down the Nile is boring
6 Nov 14 / New York Observer
The Met's Aida offers stunning singing and spectacle
4 Nov 14 / Bachtrack
A Verdi test where nuance is just one of the many demands
3 Nov 14 / New York Times
Indifferent vocalism entombs Met’s “Aida”
1 Nov 14 / The Classical Review
Hansel und Gretel

Metropolitan Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Met’s “Hansel and Gretel” provides entertaining holiday feast for all ages
25 Dec 14 / The Classical Review
It is a terrific show
22 Dec 14 / Classical Source
Richard Jones' sinister fairy tale production
20 Dec 14 / Bachtrack
Casting a spell of menace and sweetness
20 Dec 14 / New York Times
Le nozze di Figaro

Metropolitan Opera


No. of reviews: 25

Rich and emotionally engaging 'Marriage'
20 Dec 14 / Latinos Post
The Met’s new Figaro ... with a new cast
18 Dec 14 / ConcertoNet (English)
“Le Nozze di Figaro” has returned to the Met for a short run with a new cast and conductor
17 Dec 14 / New York Times
A terrific early revival of the Metropolitan Opera's new Figaro
11 Dec 14 / Bachtrack
This year's 2014-15 season Metropolitan Opera House opener has a new cast
11 Dec 14 / The Huffington Post
A happy marriage of ensemble singing and acting
25 Oct 14 / CNY Café Momus
Met’s Figaro integrates music and drama seamlessly
23 Oct 14 / Seen and Heard
Cet objet obscur du desir
20 Oct 14 / Leidmotief
La garanzia del paradiso
9 Oct 14 / L'Ape musicale
Mozart's sex romp sparkles in a new "Nozze di Figaro"
27 Sep 14 / The Huffington Post
Richard Eyre directs a beautiful and hilarious new production of Mozart's most popular opera
27 Sep 14 / Theater Mania
Met opens With clunky ‘Figaro;’ fabulous Netrebko
26 Sep 14 / Bloomberg
Rebuked outside, Met opens with delectable Figaro
25 Sep 14 / Classical Voice North America
After turmoil, Metropolitan Opera opens season with spirited Figaro
25 Sep 14 / WQXR New York
Figaro and Levine open Met Opera’s season
25 Sep 14 / The Examiner
James Levine’s ‘Figaro’ and the Met’s opening night make for a bad marriage
25 Sep 14 / New York Observer
The Met’s season opener is energetic but lacks a point of view
24 Sep 14 / Financial Times
Shining voices and visuals
24 Sep 14 / New York Daily News
No class (struggle) act but terrific cast shines in Met’s season-opening “Figaro”
24 Sep 14 / The Classical Review
A nuanced & riveting production of Mozart's masterwork
24 Sep 14 / Latinos Post
Le Nozze di Figaro is a strong argument for the continued vigor of the Met
24 Sep 14 / New York Magazine
Metropolitan Opera opens with intriguing 'Le nozze di Figaro'
24 Sep 14 / New Jersey Star Ledger
Farcical elements to the fore in Eyre’s witty new Figaro as Met Opera season opens
24 Sep 14 / Bachtrack
With Eyre’s “Nozze,” Gelb and Metropolitan Opera get good season starter they need
24 Sep 14 / Washington Post
After dramatic summer, Metropolitan Opera begins new season
23 Sep 14 / New York Times
Figaro's Isabel Leonard
The girl, the boy and the voice.
Is the Metropolitan Opera fire-proof?
When New York City Fire Dept. showed up to inspect the stage sets and for the Met's new Figaro they discovered a problem: “a significant portion of the scenery was found to not be fireproof.”
As Met's fall season opens, booming basses take center stage
Ildar Abdrazakov stars in the Met's 'Marriage of Figaro'.
Labor war over, Met’s operatic army mobilizes
Just under a month after the Metropolitan Opera agreed to major cuts, the opera house is swarming with workers busily getting ready for the season’s opening night.
Vocal hero
Ildar Abdrazakov, 37, has emerged in the past few years as one of the most sought-after young basses in the operatic world. This season he’ll star in a new Met production of Le Nozze di Figaro.
Metropolitan Opera 2014-15 season
Richard Eyre's Le Nozze di Figaro will open new season.
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Metropolitan Opera


No. of reviews: 9

Raunchy, wrenching Mtsensk at the Met
24 Nov 14 / Classics Today
The Met’s vivid ‘Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk’ heralds sweeping changes for the opera world
20 Nov 14 / New York Observer
The Russia we have lost
20 Nov 14 / ConcertoNet (English)
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk is 'opera noir' and utterly wonderful at the Met
19 Nov 14 / Broadway World
Met’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk a musical and visual triumph
17 Nov 14 / Bachtrack
Do not skip Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
13 Nov 14 / New York Magazine
Soviet affair
With its bold musical vision and frank eroticism, Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk incurred the wrath of none other than Joseph Stalin himself.
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News & Articles

Snow leads Met Opera to cancel a premiere
The snowstorm forced the Metropolitan Opera to cancel one of the highlights of its season: the double bill of Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta,” starring Anna Netrebko, and Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle.”
27 Jan 2015 / New York Times
Discounted tickets: A test for the Metropolitan Opera
The Met discount ticket program is a lesson in the difficulties of giving something away for almost nothing.
6 Jan 2015 / New York Times
Peter Gelb: How I saved the Met
If you to know the meaning of hubris, watch this new interview with the Metropolitan Opera manager by a fawning host on a college site.
24 Dec 2014 / Slipped Disc
Metropolitan Opera, burning cash, collateralizes Chagalls
New York City’s Metropolitan Opera Association had its rating cut by Moody’s Investors Service to three steps above junk and is again turning to works by Marc Chagall for collateral as its cash dwindles.
23 Dec 2014 / Bloomberg
Metropolitan Opera’s deficit swells to $22 million
The company faces its most serious shortfall in decades, but says a new business model and endowment drive will put it on better footing.
21 Nov 2014 / New York Times