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Ep. 191: Opera Outlook: Eurydice with W. Anthony Sheppard
With music by Genius grant recipient Matthew Aucoin, libretto by recipient Sarah Ruhl, and stage direction by recipient Mary Zimmerman, Eurydice is a new examination of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice from Eurydice’s point of view. This co-commission and co-production arrives at the Met after a successful premiere at LA Opera in February 2020. On today’s episode, professor W. Anthony Sheppard takes us into the underworld and explores our protagonist’s tale.
Ep. 190: Meistersinger Study Day Part II with Desirée Mays
Instead of all of the mythological figures we are used to seeing in Wagner’s operas, the story of Die Meistersinger is set in a community of artisans. The main character, Hans Sachs is even based on a real life historical figure. On today's episode of The Metropolitan Opera Guild’s podcast, we welcome back Guild lecturer Desiree Mays for the second part of our discussion on Die Meistersinger.
Ep. 189: Meistersinger Study Day Part I with Desirée Mays
Though thought of as Wagner’s only comic opera, Die Meistersinger can also be seen as an artistic manifesto. With a six-hour running time, Die Meistersinger is the longest opera in the Met’s repertory. On today's episode of The Metropolitan Opera Guild podcast, we welcome Guild lecturer Desiree Mays for the first of two episodes on Die Meistersinger.
Ep. 188: Opera Boot Camp Introduction to Operatic Staging Promo with Matthew Timmermans
From more traditional staging to more boundary-pushing productions, operatic staging has been evolving and changing since the advent of opera. In fact, what we see on the stage can directly affect what the audience hears and understands, and vice versa. In this episode of the Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, we talk with lecturer Matthew Timmermans about his virtual Opera Boot Camp, all about the history and legacy of operatic staging!
Ep. 187: Opera Outlook: Fire Shut Up in My Bones
Featuring a score by renowned jazz musician Terence Blanchard, and a libretto by actor and director Kasi Lemmons, Fire Shut Up in My Bones was this year’s Opening Night performance, marking the return of live opera to the Met stage after the longest closure in company history. In this episode of The Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, librettist and author Joanne Sydney Lessner explores this exciting new work!
Ep. 186: Opera Outlook: Boris Godunov
Modest Mussorgsky sought to create a national school of Russian music, free from western influences. His most notable work, Boris Godunov, was initially brutally rejected by the board of the Imperial Theatres in St. Petersburg in 1871. However, it went on to become one of the most popular works in the Russian repertoire. On today's episode of The Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, lecturer Jane Marsh explores the history and highlights of this operatic work.
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Confirmation bias. Episode on Maria Callas by a pompous expert. Once I spoke with the wife of a Met tenor who sang with Maria Callas; she told me her husband said that Renata Tibaldi was the better contemporary soprano. All statements are opinions; I, too, am a Callas fan.
Renata Scotto, too, was a Diva to respect for her gifts to Italian opera. My singing maestro, a retired tenor centenarian, was singing at the Edinburgh festival and was giving a ticket by his friend to hear Callas sing. He went. She did not show, and was replaced by a young soprano who made her debut, Renata Scotto. He told me that at that moment “Renata Scotto out-Callased Callas”.
The presenter and expert speaks to the rich Met fans who are bored and spend their money on his opinions. And he adds critical race theory and social justice in his lecture: if he is a crusader for social justice—advocate that the wealthy pay more taxes. A few billionaires advocate for tax equity. An expert preaching in luxury to the wealthy—and getting their money. Flatter the cows to milk them. How transparent to me.
Maria Callas is a lightening rod. Don’t tap & pocket her electricity.