Formal Attire at the Opera? Here’s What Some Opera Houses Say
In a widely-circulated column in The Guardian, dated Oct. 14, writer Howard Jacobson argues that opera audiences have become too casual, and that men should wear suits and ties to performances in an effort to “commemorate the specialness of an occasion.” He recounts attending a performance of a Mozart opera in London recently and being […]
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?
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.
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? To recap…
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
The Rising Power of the Opera Conductor
Mark Wigglesworth, the music director of the English National Opera for the past six months, resigned Tuesday, provoking dismay and hand-wringing over the future of the beleaguered company.