Metropolitan Opera

Callas would have found it a very big bore: Met Opera Live’s Nabucco reviewed

11 January 2017 11:27

Nabucco Met Opera Live Callas, writing to her husband Meneghini from Naples in 1949, where she was performing a run…

What a tawdry piece it is: Met Opera Live’s Les pêcheurs de perles reviewed

18 January 2016 12:57

Les pêcheurs de perle Met Opera Live This is the first production at the Metropolitan of Bizet’s early opera for…

Anna Netrebko’s ascent to greatness: Il Trovatore at the Met reviewed

5 October 2015 13:26

The Met in HD series got off to an exciting start this year with Il Trovatore, an opera I adore…

La Donna del Lago, Met Opera, review: Colm Tóibín on a night of masterful singing

18 February 2015 11:13

This is an extract from this week’s magazine, available from tomorrow. La Donna del LagoMetropolitan Opera, New York, in rep…

Met Opera Live’s Merry Widow, review: kitsch, glorious kitsch

19 January 2015 11:54

The Merry Widow Met Opera Live ‘Even today, at 75, the waltz from The Merry Widow sends me into a…

Michael Tanner’s five least objectionable opera performances of 2014

30 December 2014 12:12

1. Khovanskygate A typically brilliant and wayward production by the Birmingham Opera Company of this unfollowable opera, with stupendous choral singing…

This opera is simplistic and dangerous. So is banning it

27 October 2014 12:39

My father’s house was razed In 1948 When the Israelis passed over our street I’ve never forgotten the opening lines to…