The Last Night of the BBC Proms took a curiously racy direction this past Saturday night when, after singing arias by Puccini and Lehár, tenor Jonas Kaufmann was rewarded from Royal Albert Hall fans with at least two pairs of lacy women's underwear and one of boxer shorts.
Today at noon, the Operavore stream will celebrate today's 150th anniversary of Wagner’s "Tristan und Isolde" premiere with an uninterrupted stream of the classic 1966 recording performed by the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Chorus under the direction of Karl Böhm, with Wolfgang Windgassen as Tristan and Birgit Nilsson as Isolde.
A wealthy donor had left New York City Opera a multi-million dollar bequest in his will, just weeks before the company declared bankruptcy. On Tuesday it emerged that the executors of his estate have recently come forward with an effort to deliver the money — and potentially revive the defunct opera company.
Stephanie Blythe began a recent recital with a startling announcement: there would be no printed texts or translations.
Despite financial woes and the lingering effects of labor strife, there was a great deal to admire musically at the Met Opera this past season, writes Fred Plotkin.
“It’s strictly volunteer, so you really have to enjoy it,” Dr. Cho said. And she does: “I always say a bad day at the Met is better than a spectacular day anywhere else.”
Classical music's spring awards season is underway with last week's Pulitzer Prize announcement and now, two sets of accolades from the world of opera.
The best moments in this mixed bag of a play are the inside-y opera ones, writes Operavore critic David Patrick Stearns.
To Ms. Hassel, 69, an operatic soprano from Queens, the bridge is not simply an artery between that borough and Manhattan, but an ideal voice studio.
Soprano Renée Fleming — who has worked in the worlds of opera, indie rock and even sang at a Super Bowl — is opening next week on Broadway. She spoke with WQXR mid-day host Elliott Forrest backstage.
Chicago Tribune chief theater critic Chris Jones says that nothing lights up his e-mail inbox like an opera company staging a Broadway musical using full amplification.
There is a fair amount of screaming in opera, most of it written or implied in the music. But lately Fred Plotkin has heard two very unwelcome screams at The Metropolitan Opera.
Watch the archived video webcast from The Greene Space of an event featuring arias and scenes from The Metropolitan Opera's spring season. Plus, download two of the pieces recorded live.
British composer Tansy Davies memorializes the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in her first Opera, "Between Worlds."
Is the world ready for a 9/11 opera?