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SUNDAYARTS VIDEO : Opera

When Luciano Pavarotti died in September 2007, the world lost one of the greatest voices in all of music. In celebration of Pavarotti’s peerless vocal talent and extraordinary international impact, this performance documentary looks back over his legendary career, utilizing the arias with which he was most closely associated as a narrative framework. From his [...]

At the LA Opera in February 2007, four-time Tony Award(R) winner Audra McDonald starred in a new production of “Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny,” one of the great 20th century operas. From composer Kurt Weill and playwright Bertolt Brecht — creators of “The Threepenny Opera” — comes a savage and lyrical satire [...]

Over a career spanning more than six decades, groundbreaking choreographer George Balanchine made ballet a modern art. From his early days in Russia to his trailblazing role as co-founder of New York City Ballet, Balanchine became one of the primary visionaries to shape the history of 20th-century dance. Premiering in 1967, “Jewels” is the choreographer’s [...]

Meet Diego Matamoros, a baritone who had his debut at the Met and will be making his European premier next season. Hear him talk about singing opera and how opera enhances the experience of the raw power of the music and watch him perform “Per Me Giunto” from Don Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi with Chun [...]

Meet Gerard Mortier, who planned to take over as the new director of New York City Opera next year and learn why he has become known as the “bad boy of opera.” It was announced in the New York Times on November 9, 2008 that Gerard Mortier will not be joining the New York City [...]

This impressive and startling production of German composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s iconic opera Die Soldaten, staged in the Park Avenue Armory as part of the Lincoln Center Festival, achieves the intimate and immersive “total theater” experience the composer took “decisive steps” to realize more than four decades ago. The audience, literally traveling along the length [...]

Hailed by the Times of London as an “exceedingly yummy operatic cake,” and “the operatic show of the season,” this interpretation of Donizetti’s rousing La Fille du Regiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) premiered at Covent Garden in winter 2007 to rave reviews. Join GREAT PERFORMANCES at the Met for one of Donizetti’s most cherished-and [...]

Meet Crystal Mosser, a soprano from NYU, recently in a production of The Gondeliers and soon to be seen upstate in Chatham, New York as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera. Hear about how she found an interest in operetta’s, the burlesque of opera, how she feels young people connect to opera, and see [...]

Franco Zeffirelli’s timeless interpretation of the Puccini favorite has been delighting audiences at the Met for more than 20 years. GREAT PERFORMANCES at the Met is there when yet another magnificent cast takes to the stage in this enduring classic. Exciting young conductor Nicola Luisotti presides over a glorious vocal ensemble led by Angela Gheorghiu, [...]

Meet Ryan Kinsella, a baritone who started out at New York City Opera and now is part of the Wagner Society of Washington D.C.’s Emerging Singers Program. Hear about how he has develped his technique from a more emotional core, new opportunities that have opened up as his voice as developed, his tendency to be [...]

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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.