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Justin Davidson

Amid High Tensions, The Metropolitan Opera Looks the Other Way On Successful Opening Night with 'Le Nozze di Figaro'

Post-Lockout, 'Klinghoffer' Protests Aside, Metropolitan Opera Looks Grand on Opening Night with Mozart's 'Le Nozze di Figaro' >>

As opening night took to the Metropolitan Opera, crowds gathered for the latest production of Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro." And given its great reception, the strife that has followed the Met recently has seemingly been swept under the rug.

Benjamin Britten's 'Billy Budd' Opera, Care of Sir Mark Elder and Glyndebourne, Gets Respect at Brooklyn Academy of Music >>

Benjamin Britten's profound, though often maligned Billy Budd, directed by Michael Grandage, is underway at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Howard Gilman Opera House--running through February 13. Of course, we told you to see the traveling Glyndebourne production, conducted by Sir Mark Elder, back in December.

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Mark-Anthony Turnage and Richard Thomas' 'Anna Nicole' at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden [PHOTOS] >>

Like we said we would, Classicalite is pleased to share Reuters photog Andrew Winning's shots from the opening night--February 17, 2011--of 'Anna Nicole' at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Brooklyn Academy of Music Staging U.S. Première of Mark-Anthony Turnage and Richard Thomas' 'Anna Nicole' Opera

Brooklyn Academy of Music Staging U.S. Première of Mark-Anthony Turnage and Richard Thomas' 'Anna Nicole' Opera >>

Long before A&E's mess of mallards and that mess of a family on TLC were dumbing down reality television beyond whatever aesthetic marrow remained, there was 'The Anna Nicole Show.' Of course, resigned to the E! network, it, too, was pretty terrible. And yes, 'The Anna Nicole Show' was hardly a program about "reality" proper.

Two Years Later, James Levine Returns to Carnegie Hall...in a Wheelchair >>

The reviews are in. And by all accounts, James Levine's handi-capable return to the Met Orchestra's podium was, in fact, triumphant.

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