The lavish new staging of Lehár’s effervescent operetta The Merry Widow is the Met debut of Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman, whose many credits include the Tony Award-winning musicals Crazy for You, Contact, and The Producers. Star soprano Renée Fleming adds a beguiling new character to her wide-ranging Met repertory as Hanna, the widowed Pontevedrian […]
In 1991, Soon Ja Du, a Korean store owner, received a light sentence in the shooting death of Latasha Harlins, a 15-year-old African-American. Anna Deveare Smith portrays African-American community activist Gina Rae (aka Queen Malkah), who repudiates Du’s defense attorney Charles Lloyd, an African-American, and draws a parallel between the cases of Latasha Harlins and Rodney […]
Last September’s gala event celebrating the start of BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons’ tenure with the orchestra features two of the conductor’s close colleagues: his wife, the acclaimed Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais, and the outstanding German tenor Jonas Kaufmann, each singing selections from the Wagnerian and Italian verismo repertoires. The concert opens fittingly with Wagner’s […]
Composed in 1924 by Ottorino Respighi, “Pines of Rome” is the second orchestral work in Respighi’s “Roman trilogy.” “Fountains of Rome” (1917) is the first and “Roman Festivals” (1926) is the third. The four movements of “Pines of Rome” depict the city’s trees in different locations at different times of the day.
Tenor Jonas Kaufmann and soprano Kristine Opolais join Andris Nelsons at his inaugural concert as as Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director to perform “O Soave Fanciulla,” the Act I Finale from Puccini’s opera La Bohème. Andris Nelsons was born in 1978 in Riga, Latvia into a family of musicians. He began his career as a […]
Tenor Jonas Kaufmann and soprano Kristine Opolais — both frequent collaborators with conductor Andris Nelsons, Opolais’ husband — join Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra to perform the duet “Tu, tu, amore? Tu?” from Puccini’s opera Manon Lescaut. The performance includes a passionate kiss between the singers and afterwards, Opolais playfully mouths “sorry” to her […]
Cavalleria rusticana is a one-act opera by Pietro Mascagni, which received its U.S. premiere in 1891 in Philadelphia. The tragic love story is set in a Sicilian village. Its symphonic Intermezzo has been heard outside opera houses in film soundtracks including Raging Bull and The Godfather Part III. Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra […]
Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo stars as the tortured poet unlucky in love in Offenbach’s opera. Here he sings a duet with English mezzo-soprano Christine Rice, who plays the Venetian courtesan Giulietta. GP at the Met: Les Contes d’Hoffmann premieres Sunday, May 10 at noon on PBS (check local listings).
On the 23rd anniversary of the LA riots, Great Performances presents a special encore of Anna Deavere Smith’s Twilight: Los Angeles, a riveting theatrical account of the 1992 riots from multiple points of view, which continues to reverberate powerfully within the context of today’s current events. It originally aired on PBS in 2001 and is […]
In her role debut, American soprano Erin Morley plays the mechanical doll Olympia in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Metropolitan Opera. Morley’s vivid ballerina outfit and all costumes were designed by Catherine Zuber. Les Contes d’Hoffmann on Great Performances at the Met airs Sunday, May 10 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). […]