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SUNDAYARTS VIDEO : Opera

Rafael Pi Roman speaks with composer Stephen Schwartz about his first opera, Séance on a Wet Afternoon, playing through May 1, 2011 at New York City Opera.

New York City Opera presents Donizetti’s "The Elixir of Love." Set in the 1950’s American Southwest, this beloved bel canto comedy revisits Jonathan Miller’s production from 2006.

Rafael Pi Roman previews the premiere of the Metropolitan Opera's production of Gioachino Rossini's final opera, "Le Comte Ory."

Renee Fleming from Rochester, New York, has been called the people’s diva. Like many of us, Fleming had a typical suburban American childhood. Now, however, she’s in demand at all the world’s greatest opera stages and concert halls. Paula Zahn sits down with Fleming to discuss her soaring opera career.

Patrice Chereau was known to the french at a young age as a theater prodigy who began his professional carreer at 19. He went on to become a critically acclaimed opera director who has also worked in theater and films. Paula Zahn interviews the prolific director making his U.S. directorial debut with From the House [...]

George Steel is the founder and conductor of the Gotham City Orchestra and Vox Vocal Ensemble. For more than 11 years, he transformed Columbia University’s Miller Theater into an acclaimed showcase for both early and modern music. In February of 2009 after just a few months running the Dallas Opera, he was tapped to head [...]

As music director of the Berlin Philharmonic for 35 years, Herbert von Karajan remains one of the most discussed, analyzed and written-about conductors of all time. He was called the ‘General Music Director of Europe,’ leading orchestras and opera houses in Berlin, London, Vienna, Milan and Paris to become one of the most respected, yet [...]

Over the centuries, the story of Cinderella and her cruel stepmother and ugly stepsisters has been interpreted in countless ways across different genres. Gioachino Rossini’s La Cenerentola is perhaps the most famous operatic version of the Cinderella story, and it is like no other interpretation. This opera has no fairy godmother, no pumpkin that turns [...]

For our Sunday Arts profile, Rafael Pi Ramon interviews Martina Arroyo and takes a look into her “Prelude to Performance” workshops while the students are preparing for performances of La Boheme and Die Fledermaus beginning on July 16th at Hunter College Kaye Playhouse. For many  years, Martina Arroyo was a star on the stages of [...]

Natalie Dessay’s moon-kissed fingernails are all aglow as she “walks the walk” of Vincenzo Bellini’s quintessential character Amina, perhaps the most renowned woman sleepwalker in opera history, in Zimmerman’s production of the 1831 classic La Sonnambula, Latin for “The Somnambulist.” The production will air on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances at the Met July 19 at noon [...]

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SundayArts is made possible in part by First Republic Bank and by the Rubin Museum of Art. Funding for SundayArts is also made possible by Rosalind P. Walter, The Paul and Irma Milstein Foundation, The Philip & Janice Levin Foundation, Elise Jaffe and Jeffrey Brown, Jody and John Arnhold, and The Lemberg Foundation. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding provided by members of THIRTEEN.