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SUNDAYARTS VIDEO : Opera

Anthony Minghella’s sumptuous production of Madama Butterfly, Giacomo Puccini’s heartbreaking tale of love and betrayal, offers viewers a rare visual treat Sunday, June 28 at noon on Great Performances at the Met. Minghella, who died unexpectedly in March 2008, marks his debut in opera with the re-staging of Madama Butterfly – this is also the [...]

Airing May 17 at noon, Orfeo ed Euridice is the mythical tale of poet-singer Orfeo, who driven by despair, enters the underworld determined to retrieve his dead wife. Mezzo-Soprano Blythe, in her first performance as Orfeo, battles the Furies with her powerhouse voice and “conveys piercing emotional subtleties with every glance and phrase,” wrote The [...]

Opera’s golden couple, Angela Gheorghiu and husband Roberto Alagna, offer viewers a rare chance to experience Giacomo Puccini’s attempt to meld Italianate opera with the bittersweet Viennese operetta formula Sunday, April 26 at noon (ET) for Thirteen’s SundayArts showcase. Last seen at the Met in 1936, La Rondine (The Swallow) is the tale of an [...]

Soprano Netrebko, returning to the Met stage for the first time since giving birth to son Tiago in September, dazzles in the demanding title role, a young woman driven to madness by love and politics. Piotr Beczala co-stars as Lucia’s head-strong lover Edgardo. Watch a preview for this SundayArts broadcast of Great Performances at the [...]

The radiant Renée Fleming plays the Egyptian courtesan in search of spiritual sustenance. Thomas Hampson is the monk who falls from grace in Massenet’s sensual opera, presented in a new production by John Cox. Watch a preview here.

Phillippe de Montebello interviews Metropolitan Opera director Peter Gelb for SundayArts. Learn about the Young Opera Initiative to engage new singers with the classic medium and what the Met has in store for opera goers in the future.

Renee Fleming, one of the world’s leading sopranos, headlines the opening night gala of the Met’s 125th anniversary season, featuring fully staged excerpts from three of her favorite operas. Joined by tenor Ramon Vargas, baritones Thomas Hampson and Dwayne Croft and bass Robert Lloyd, Fleming appears in the second act of Verdi’s La Traviata, the [...]

In this segment of Young Opera, meet Laura Kaminsky, the dean of Purchase College Conservatory of Music, and conductor Hugh Murphy who worked on the spring 2008 New York premier of Lee Hoiby’s The Tempest. Learn about how Purchase encourages and nurtures their young musicians to do their best to pursue the art of opera.

Visit Purchase College and meet members of the principle players in last spring’s premier production of The Tempest. Learn about their aspirations for future roles in opera and see a scene from the world premier of Lee Hoiby’s opus.

The Gotham Chamber Opera is New York City’s leading opera company dedicated to the highest quality productions of chamber operas rarely performed in opera houses today. It’s mission is to present vibrant, fully-staged productions of works from the Baroque era to the present that are intended for intimate venues. Conductor and artisitc director Neal Goren [...]

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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.