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Singing Gatsby

Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by coffeecritic

great gatsby opera You've read the book, you've seen the movie, maybe you've even seen the old movie. But have you heard the opera? In 1999, the Metropolitan Opera commissioned John Harbison to write an opera of "The Great Gatsby" in honor of music director James Levine's 25th anniversary with the company. Harbison also wrote the libretto and a dozen jazz-age style songs which are included in the . . . more »

Singing Gatsby

Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by coffeecritic

great gatsby opera You've read the book, you've seen the movie, maybe you've even seen the old movie. But have you heard the opera? In 1999, the Metropolitan Opera commissioned John Harbison to write an opera of "The Great Gatsby" in honor of music director James Levine's 25th anniversary with the company. Harbison also wrote the libretto and a dozen jazz-age style songs which are included in the . . . more »

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD!

Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by coffeecritic

scene from The Enchanted Island Perhaps you missed the live screening of the Metropolitan Opera's Ring Cycle, or didn't get to see the premiere of The Enchanted Island on the big screen. No worries, the library has these and all Metropolitan Opera live in HD performances as they become available on dvd. Der Ring des Nibelungen Madama Butterfly Carmen Doctor Atomic All Metropolitan live in HD dvds here Top image: . . . more »

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD!

Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by coffeecritic

scene from The Enchanted Island Perhaps you missed the live screening of the Metropolitan Opera's Ring Cycle, or didn't get to see the premiere of The Enchanted Island on the big screen. No worries, the library has these and all Metropolitan Opera live in HD performances as they become available on dvd. Der Ring des Nibelungen Madama Butterfly Carmen Doctor Atomic All Metropolitan live in HD dvds here Top image: . . . more »

Who's Afraid of Modern Opera?

Posted on Saturday, October 27, 2012 by coffeecritic

Moby-Dick opera I approach contemporary operas with trepidation. Even after reading a rave review of an opera that sounds really interesting, I find myself reluctant to give it a try. So imagine my surprise when I went to see "Nixon in China" at the San Francisco Opera and found that I actually loved the music and found the drama thrilling and entertaining! Now "Moby-Dick" by Jake Heggie . . . more »

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