November 30, 2015

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Michael Hartman is one of the people in the seats who help to make the orchestra great. “This orchestra has always had a personality that’s unique.”

Becoming Lulu
Marlis Petersen brings her celebrated portrayal of Berg’s heroine back to the Met in William Kentridge’s production— her final performances of her signature role.

The Verdi Baritone

The Verdi BaritoneFresh from his celebrated run as Iago in the Met’s new Otello, Željko Lucˇ ic´ returns to the title role of Rigoletto this month in Michael Mayer’s Las Vegas–set production. He tells Philipp Brieler why Verdi has always been at the center of his career.

Object Of Desire

The heroine of Berg’s Lulu captivates all who cross her path. Marlis Petersen in the title role— explores why all attempts to tame this so-called snake are doomed to fail.

Living for Art and Love – Puccini’s Musical Masterpiece – Tosca

Living for Art and Love – Puccini’s Musical Masterpiece – ToscaTosca is, ultimately, the story of a woman who wants to create beauty and to love, but who isswept up in the storm of history.

A Word From The Librettist: Terrance McNally on Great Scott

A Word From The Librettist: Terrance McNally on Great ScottThe Dallas Opera collaborates to create an "American" opera.

In Search of Something: Sylvie Guillem’s Last Dance

In Search of Something: Sylvie Guillem’s Last DanceGuillem’s independent spirit has inspired numerous dancers.

The Ailey Legacy

The Ailey LegacyCelebrating the past remains important to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater even as it marches into the future.

Twyla Tharp’s 50th-Anniversary Tour

Twyla Tharp’s 50th-Anniversary TourGiven the chance to stick out her neck, choreographer Twyla Tharp will never say “no.” Although she confesses to tossing sleeplessly at night as she worries about her 50th-Anniversary Tour, with dawn the nightmares fade and she returns to her task. This artist, courageous more often than not, wouldn’t have things any other way.

Perspectives: Sir Simon Rattle

Perspectives: Sir Simon RattleOne of the greatest conductors of all time, Sir Simon Rattle is renowned for his mastery of repertoire from the Baroque to the present day.

Ades Made Visible

Ades Made VisibleAnd so it is with a compelling spirit of reinvention that the choreographers mined their own vocabularies to reflect and contrast with the form and content of Adčs’s musical ideas, discovering synergies and transposing across disciplines. In the final production, Adčs’s distinct musical signature stands as the unifying thread, with each dance offering a dynamic physical solution to an intriguing sonic proposition.

Finding His Divine Voice

Finding His Divine Voice"In what could be also be described as a miracle of biblical proportions, A Love Supreme represented virtually the only time an album of hardcore modern jazz instrumental music became a widespread popular success."

Sublime Synthesis

Sublime Synthesis"The program forms a similarly personal conversation between two skilled, resourceful artists, enhanced by the strength and spirit each performer perceived in the music."

Words and Movement

Words and MovementDyslexic dancer/choreographer Aakash Odedra collaborated with choreographer Lewis Major to create Murmur, about how Odedra’s learning difference enables him to find new ways to communicate. We asked him to share his experience with dyslexia, how it informs his art, and why it has opened up new pathways to connect with others.


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