Metropolitan Opera Simulcast: Lucia di Lammermoor

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/26/arts/music/26lucia.html The Metropolitan Opera presented the final performance of a run of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor for its March 19 HD simulcast.    Director Mary Zimmerman incorporated a ghostly apparition during Lucia's aria, "Regnava nel silenzio" - not outlined in the score - but as a reference to the Walter Scott novel.  It was haunting and effective to see as Lucia tells [...]

Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions – Southeast Regional Finals

I attended the Southeast Regional Finals of the Met Auditions in Atlanta, GA today.  Fifteen singers ranging in age from 20-29 competed, having prepared five arias that had been practiced and polished.  Today's winner will compete in the NYC semi-finals on March 6, 2011.  In 1954 the Metropolitan Opera founded its Council auditions in order to [...]