Photos and review by Dana Nöllsch One of the goals for live theater is to bring deep emotions to theRead more
Annie is a joy to watch; based on a once-famous cartoon strip, it emerged 40 years ago as a Broadway musical and later as a movie. The story is based on a little orphan girl (Annie) and her displeasure with her life. She even makes a half-hearted attempt to run away to change her life.
Little does Annie know, Oliver Warbucks is about to change her life. He is a Billionaire with political clout and a lonely life. The country is in a deep depression, and Oliver Warbucks is using his political influence in an attempt to make things better.Read more
~Photos and review by Dana Nöllsch~ I know it has been some time since we have reviewed a play, butRead more
Monday, September 21Puccini’s La Rondine ~ 1 Hr and 54 MinsConducted by Marco Armiliato; starring Angela Gheorghiu, Lisette Oropesa, RobertoRead more
(Dates in parentheses are for original stream) An entire week full of fun and the greatest bel canto casts onRead more
Monday, September 7Massenet’s Manon (first streamed, May 24) ~ 2Hrs and 53MinsStarring Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczała, Paulo Szot, and DavidRead more
By Lynne Gray, PhD Please note this can be seen at www.metopera.org Viewing Note: On the Met’s home page, youRead more
Met Free Streams – Week 23 – August 17 to August 23
Monday, August 17
Puccini’s Tosca #4 ~ 2Hrs and 19Mins
Starring Patricia Racette, Roberto Alagna, and George Gagnidze, conducted by Riccardo Frizza. From November 9, 2013.
This time around, Luc Bondy’s production of Puccini’s famous opera stars Patricia Racette in the title role of the diva whose jealousy is her undoing, opposite Roberto Alagna as her lover, Cavaradossi, the painter whose political ideals exacerbate the fall into tragedy. George Gagnidze is Scarpia, the villainous chief of police who wants Tosca for himself. Riccardo Frizza leads the Met’s musical forces in this powerful verismo score.
So – while I love Patricia Racette, this is not her very best role, especially considering her co-stars – although she is powerful in it. By now you know how I feel about Alagna, and Gagnidze is suitably evil if not particularly distinguished as Scarpia. Unless this is one of your very favorite operas, the 4th time around is probably not necessary – and certainly not if you were fortunate enough to see the Pavarotti/Verrett version in June.Read more
Sunday, August 16
Verdi’s Luisa Miller ~ 2Hrs and 27Mins
Starring Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, Bonaldo Giaiotti, and James Morris, conducted by James Levine. From January 20, 1979.
Renata Scotto is the bubbly, innocent Luisa, who is very much in love with Rodolfo (a young Plácido Domingo with blond hair! – who actually played her father, Miller, in the last go-around which was almost 40 years later). Rodolfo turns out to be the son of Count Walter (Bonaldo Giaiotti), who has other plans for his aristocratic boy. Enter the evil Wurm (James Morris) whose extortion eventually backfires, but nevertheless destroys the young lovers despite everything Luisa’s father (Sherrill Milnes in a superb performance) does to protect her. James Levine’s affectionate conducting and director Nathaniel Merrill’s production help make this one a performance to treasure.Read more
Saturday, August 15
Puccini’s La Bohème ~ 2Hrs and 21Mins
Starring Kristine Opolais, Susanna Phillips, Vittorio Grigolo, Massimo Cavalletti, Patrick Carfizzi, and Oren Gradus, conducted by Stefano Ranzani. From April 5, 2014.
This is La Bohème stream #5 and features the latest generation of Met stars to take on Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production of Puccini’s most popular opera. We already have had chances to see two wonderful classic productions – with Scotto & Pavarotti, and Stratas & Carreras, as well as two more recent productions – with Yoncheva & Fabiano and Gheorghiu & Vargas. This time, Vittorio Grigolo (we’ve seen him previously as Roméo, Cavaradossi and Hoffmann) is the emotional young bohemian poet Rodolfo who falls head over heels in love with his neighbor, the seamstress Mimì, sung by the wonderful Kristine Opolais (we’ve already seen her staring in Manon Lescaut, Rusalka and Butterfly). Susanna Phillips (L’Amour de Loin, Cosi and a previous Bohème) is the flirtatious Musetta, Massimo Cavalletti (Manon Lescaut) is her sweetheart Marcello, Patrick Carfizzi plays Schaunard and Oren Gradus as Colline completes the ensemble. Stefano Ranzani conducts.Read more