Ticket Resellers and Finding Cheap Seats at the Opera

Ticket resellers like StubHub and SeatGeek are familiar options for anyone looking for tickets to the Yankees or for Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden. But how about a black-tie opera soirée? Continue reading “Ticket Resellers and Finding Cheap Seats at the Opera”

Met Opera Announces 2017-18, With 3 Notable Omissions

When the Metropolitan Opera announced its current season one year ago, it was notable for the fact that it brought back, in fairly short order, the four most-produced works in the Met’s history: Aida, La Bohème, Carmen and La Traviata. Continue reading “Met Opera Announces 2017-18, With 3 Notable Omissions”

Conductor and Board Appointments Signal Change at Big Institutions

What to make of a day when three sets of headlines point to an ever-so-slightly more progressive direction for classical music?

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Peter Gelb: Met Opera Is Exploring New Box Office Strategies

Metropolitan Opera general manager Peter Gelb said on Saturday that the company is launching new strategies to combat its lagging ticket sales, including convening a series of focus groups, hiring box office consultants and expanding its on-demand video streaming services. Continue reading “Peter Gelb: Met Opera Is Exploring New Box Office Strategies”

If Sea World Draws Criticism, Should the Opera Too?

A provocative article on the website Counterpunch looks at whether there is a double standard when it comes to the use of live animals in works of art. At a time when Sea World and Ringling Bros. have bowed to public pressure and changed their policies on captive orca whales and elephants, respectively, New York artists and their audiences seem particularly enthralled this season by exhibits and productions featuring animals as performers. Continue reading “If Sea World Draws Criticism, Should the Opera Too?”

When the Metropolitan Opera Presented Sunday Concerts

The Metropolitan Opera’s grim box office numbers have received a good deal of attention from New York’s opera lovers, including the classical music writers of the New York Times, who last week channeled their inner impresarios to offer some suggestions for the company. Continue reading “When the Metropolitan Opera Presented Sunday Concerts”

James Levine: His Top 10 Operas at the Met

In a widely expected move, the Metropolitan Opera has announced that music director James Levine will step down at the end of this season, after more than 40 years on the podium. The Met plans to name a successor in the coming months and, starting next season, Levine will become the company’s music director emeritus. Continue reading “James Levine: His Top 10 Operas at the Met”

How New York’s Concert Halls Score on TripAdvisor

“Shabby and uncomfortable just about sums it up” is how one prolific TripAdvisor reviewer describes Carnegie Hall. “Bad sound for classical music” is what another says of Boston’s Symphony Hall. Continue reading “How New York’s Concert Halls Score on TripAdvisor”

Why the Same Few Operas Seem to Be Staged Over and Over

There are many reasons why certain operas stay popular year after year, irrespective of the director or casting choices: It often boils down to the right combination of compelling stories, relatable characters and great melodies.  Continue reading “Why the Same Few Operas Seem to Be Staged Over and Over”