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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]