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Hamilton’s America

Press reaction to ‘Hamilton: An American Musical’

Hamilton: An American Musical has been making history since its debut in 2015 as an off-Broadway production at the Public Theater in New York City. How has the press been reacting to this international phenomenon? Here is some of the press coverage the show keeps getting.   On the review of this “brave new show,” […]

Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2016

Semyon Bychkov conducts Farandole from L’Arlésienne, Suite No. 2

Semyon Bychkov, guest conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic at it annual summer concert, leads the orchestra the very first time in Georges Bizet’s great Farandole from L’Arlésienne, Suite No. 2. Footage from the concert includes aerial views of the magnificent gardens of Austria’s Imperial Schönbrunn Palace, the palace itself and the audience joining the music with dance.

Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2016

About the Concert

Led by guest conductor Semyon Bychkov for the very first time, the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic returns for its 13th open-air concert, with a program of French orchestral classics, in the magnificent gardens of Austria’s Imperial Schönbrunn Palace.  The Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2016 airs on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances, Friday, September 30 at 9 p.m. […]

Hamilton’s America

7 Ways ‘Hamilton’ has Impacted America

Hamilton: An American Musical is beloved by critics, musical theater buffs, and newcomers to the theater scene alike. The historical production has found its own place in history, all while turning several musical theater conventions upside-down. Here’s how various media outlets tell the story of how Hamilton has revolutionized musical theater and impacted society:   The album shattered sales […]

Hamilton’s America

Hamilton: In the Eyes of the Fans

Since its Broadway debut Hamilton the Musical has been an international phenomenon, reaching people far and wide. From the characters to the costumes to the songs, it’s caused fans to see Broadway musicals in a whole new light. The musical has also inspired some pretty incredible fan art on social media. Browse some of that excellent artwork.

GP at the Met: Roberto Devereux

Roberto Devereux in Historical Context

Roberto Devereux is a tragedia lirica, or tragic opera, by Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848). Salvadore Cammarano (1801–1852), the Neapolitan librettist who worked with Donizetti on a number of his previous operas, wrote the libretto. The final opera in Donizetti’s “Tudor trilogy,” Roberto Devereux focuses on the elderly Queen Elizabeth I, who is forced to sign the death warrant of the […]

GP at the Met: Madama Butterfly

Madama Butterfly in Historical Context

Madama Butterfly is an opera in three acts (originally two) by Giacomo Puccini (December 22, 1858 – November 29, 1924). Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, Puccini’s librettists for Madama Butterfly, had also collaborated with the composer on his previous two operas, Tosca and La Bohème. The opera is based in part on the 1898 short story “Madame Butterfly” by John Luther Long, which had its […]

GP at the Met: Manon Lescaut

“Donna non vidi mai” (Alagna)

Roberto Alagna sings an excerpt from des Grieux’s aria from Act I of Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” at the final dress rehearsal. Production: Richard Eyre. Conductor: Fabio Luisi. 2015–16 season.