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