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GP at the Met: Lulu

Lulu in Historical Context

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 […]

GP at the Met: Lulu

About the Opera

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 […]

GP at the Met: Tannhäuser

Peter Mattei: Song to the Evening Star

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

Tannhäuser in Historical Context

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 […]

GP at the Met: Tannhäuser

About the Opera

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 […]

GP at the Met: Otello (2016)

Otello and Iago Duet, Act II Finale

Aleksandrs Antonenko (Otello) and Željko Lučić (Iago) perform the Act II finale duet in Verdi’s Otello, directed by Bartlett Sher at the Met.

GP at the Met: Otello (2016)

Željko Lučić as Iago

Željko Lučić, known for his performances of Verdi operas, plays Otello’s sinister rival Iago in GP at the Met: Otello. This excerpt is from Iago’s “Credo” from Act II. The Serbian opera singer was a principal member of the Frankfurt Opera for 10 years through 2008.

GP at the Met: Otello (2016)

Act III Finale

Aleksandrs Antonenko (Otello), Sonya Yoncheva (Desdemona), Željko Lučić (Iago), and ensemble perform the Act III finale from Verdi’s Otello, in the Bartlett Sher production at the Met. In a rage over being recalled to Venice, Otello loses control and hurls insults at Desdemona in front of the assembled crowd. This is acclaimed costume designer Catherine […]

GP at the Met: Otello (2016)

Otello in Historical Context

Otello is the penultimate creation of its composer, who needed prodding to begin the project.  The great Giuseppe Verdi (October 10, 1813 – January 27, 1901) had gone into retirement after the success of his opera Aida, which premiered December 24, 1871. His publisher tried to persuade him for years to write another opera. Verdi finally agreed to Otello, based on the Shakespeare […]