Metropolitan Opera House

Violetta Valery searched for true love and self-sacrifice. Lucia Ashton and Juliette wanted to be together with her one true loves, Edgardo Ravenswood and Roméo. Antonia yearned to sing on the world’s greatest stages. Mimí lived a life of purity among the Bohemians. Marguerite had her sexual awakening through Faust, who in turn was influenced by Mephistopheles the Devil. Out of all these romantic ladies, Thais, who lived in a lap of luxury amongst the nobles, was in search of spirituality, purity, and deep love. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.

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Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci: Double Bill Verismo Review

Let’s get this double bill Verismo opera review marathon on the row. First, let us see how this gorgeous dramatic mezzo will rise up to the challenge to take on the tragic, anguished young will-to-be mother, Santuzza, backed up by a great cavalcade of singing superstars. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well. Roberto Alagna and George Gagnidze strike again and this time they are joined by a young lyric soprano, Danielle Pastin, who sang the role of Nedda, after taking over an indisposed Aleksandra Kurzak. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.

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Now, meine sehr verehrten Damen und Herren, to further celebrate the arrival of 2018, we have a very famous operetta starring two exciting couples played by Madame Susan Graham as Hanna Glawari, Herr Paul Groves as Danilo, Mademoiselle Andriana Chuchman as Valencienne, and Herr Taylor Stayton as Camille. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.

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My Thoughts on Bellini’s Norma starring Angela Meade and Jamie Barton

Let us all celebrate an extraordinary Winter Solstice with two grand divas who portray two iconic priestesses, one whose voice soars like an eagle in the form of Angela Meade’s Norma and the other whose voice has the steely plushness and fiery blaze of a meteor in the form of Jamie Barton’s Adalgisa. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.

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Thomas Adés’s The Exterminating Angel, which was based on Luis Buñuel’s surrealist film of the same name, takes on the United States of America through New York’s Metropolitan Opera House, after its debut performances in Salzburg and London, headed by a cavalcade of veritable vocal superstars! Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.

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This was a Samhain well-spent in courtesy of Mesdames Sondra Radvanovsky’s and Joyce DiDonato’s insurmountable and prodigious skills as singing actresses in the pivotal roles of the famous druid priestess, Norma, and her young friend, Adalgisa. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.  

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