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December 29, 2006 | Ronald Blum, Associated Press
The overture will be missing, and some familiar music will be omitted. Giggling children are likely to be in the audience. When the Metropolitan Opera says it is trying to lower the age of its audience, it really means it. Starting today, the company presents six performances of "The Magic Flute" trimmed to 100 minutes, aimed to attract families. These will be the first English-language performances of Mozart's masterpiece staged by the company at the Met since 1977.
November 23, 2006 | Christopher Reynolds
New York's Metropolitan Opera, embracing 21st century technology as a tool for boosting an art form born in the 16th century, will send live feeds of its Dec. 30 Julie Taymor-directed and James Levine-conducted production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" to more than 50 theaters across North America -- including the Burbank 16 and the Irvine Spectrum 21. The 100-minute broadcast, titled "Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD," will begin at 10:30 a.m.
October 15, 2006 | Paul Lieberman, Times Staff Writer
HOW'S this for coming strong out of the gate -- the Metropolitan Opera season had not yet officially begun, the gala opening night still days off, and yet the guy in the suit, who doesn't sing a note, was getting an ovation, cheers, "Bravos!" from a packed house, all 3,800 seats filled. And it wasn't only veteran opera-goers who had scooped up those free tickets for the final dress rehearsal of "Madama Butterfly."
September 21, 2006 | From Reuters
Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. said Wednesday it will launch a channel programmed primarily by New York's Metropolitan Opera, which will feature live and archived broadcasts. Terms were not disclosed, but Sirius said it was a multiyear deal. The channel debuts on Monday and will replace Sirius' "Classical Voices" channel. The Met said it would provide the channel an average of four live broadcasts per week during its 2006-07 season. It is also making available hundreds of old broadcasts.
September 16, 2006 | From Reuters
Opening night at New York City's Metropolitan Opera will be open to all this year -- in a live broadcast at Times Square. Traffic will be redirected and about 650 free seats will be set up Sept. 25 for the public to watch Puccini's "Madama Butterfly," directed by filmmaker Anthony Minghella, on a giant screen. "This effort is symbolic of our plans to keep the Met connected to mainstream culture and contemporary life and will help build new audiences," General Manager Peter Gelb said.
September 7, 2006 | Christopher Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
Psst. Want some Raisinettes with that Rossini? In a move to introduce a wider audience to the art, New York's Metropolitan Opera says it will broadcast six of this season's Saturday matinee performances live to hundreds of movie theaters in the United States, Canada and Europe. The performances, beamed via satellite and projected on high-definition systems, will begin at a not very operatic hour -- 10:30 a.m. Pacific time -- with tickets likely to cost $18 each.
June 28, 2006 | Ronald Blum, The Associated Press
Having lost 35 pounds following shoulder surgery, James Levine wants to lose 15 more as he tries to focus on his health with the same energy he devotes to music. Levine, music director of the Metropolitan Opera and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, tore his right rotator cuff when he fell leaving the stage at Boston's Symphony Hall on March 1. He returns to the podium on July 7, when he opens the BSO's Tanglewood season conducting Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony No.
April 4, 2006 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
It seemed like a perfect -- and perfectly balanced -- week for the piano, the musical equivalent of Apollo and Dionysus appearing at the same party. On March 15, the stately, golden-toned Murray Perahia was to perform a recital at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The following night, the romantic, impetuous Martha Argerich would lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Beethoven's First Piano Concerto. Neither event, as it turned out, would come to pass.
March 25, 2006 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
Sarah Caldwell, the beloved founder of the Opera Company of Boston and the first woman to conduct New York's Metropolitan Opera, has died. She was 82. Caldwell died of heart failure Thursday at the Maine Medical Center, according to Jim Morgan, former manager of the company and a lifelong friend. During its 33-year history, the Opera Company of Boston ran on a shoestring budget and often had to use gymnasiums, college auditoriums and rented theaters. It closed in 1991 because of lack of funds.
February 22, 2006 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
Placido Domingo, the superstar tenor who helped found Los Angeles Opera and has led it as general director since 2003, has renewed his contract with the company for an additional five years, through 2011. At the same time, the company announced Tuesday, artistic director Edgar Baitzel has been promoted to chief operating officer, and two executives are assuming new jobs: Marilyn Shapiro as executive vice president and Mitchell Heskel as director of administration and chief financial officer.
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