JOAN BAEZ celebrated her 75th birthday on Saturday, January 27 at New York’s historic Beacon Theatre. The special event honored her legendary 50 plus years in music with an intimate, career-spanning live performance. Baez performed alongside a remarkable array of superstar artists including: David Bromberg, Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins, David Crosby, Emmylou […]
Soprano Marlis Petersen talks about learning and performing Berg’s compositional style that combined Romantic lyricism and twelve-tone technique.
Soprano Marlis Petersen, who plays the title role of Lulu, discusses the plot from her character’s point of view. She also describes the strengths and weaknesses of the ungraspable and wild Lulu.
Alban Berg’s Lulu is a complex, psychological thriller that became one of the most important and notorious stage works of the 20th century. Berg (1885-1935) adapted from the Lulu plays by German dramatist Frank Wedekind, who also wrote Spring Awakening. The opera draws from similar themes in the plays: loss of innocence and the high […]
Visual artist William Kentridge directs Alban Berg’s opera Lulu, starring Marlis Petersen as the irresistible femme fatale who destroys the lives of everyone around her. Lulu, airs on THIRTEEN’S Great Performances at the Met Sunday, April 10 at noon on PBS (12:30 pm on THIRTEEN; check your local schedule). William Kentridge, who made his Great […]
Swedish baritone Peter Mattei is the knight Wolfram in GP at the Met: Tannhäuser, Otto Schenk’s production of Richard Wagner’s opera. Here Mattei sings “Song to the Evening Star” from Act III, during which Wolfram asks that the star be a guide to Elisabeth, the Landgrave’s niece and object of both his and Tannhäuser’s love.
GP at the Met: Tannhäuser premieres March 13, 2016 at noon (check local schedule). History, myth, and invention come together in Tannhäuser, which had its world premiere in October 1845 at the Court Opera in Dresden, capital of the Kingdom of Saxony. Richard Wagner (May 22, 1813 – February 13, 1883), the opera’s composer and librettist, made several revisions […]
James Levine conducts Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser with Johan Botha on Great Performances at the Met Sunday, March 13 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local schedule). Eva-Maria Westbroek, Michelle DeYoung, Peter Mattei, and Gunther Groissbock also star in Otto Schenk’s classic production. Wagner’s early masterpiece Tannhäuser comes to Great Performances at the Met for the […]
Aleksandrs Antonenko (Otello) and Željko Lučić (Iago) perform the Act II finale duet in Verdi’s Otello, directed by Bartlett Sher at the Met.