The walls of the lower lobby at The Metropolitan Opera in Lincoln Center hold hundreds of portraits of opera singers who have graced the opera house's stage. When viewed together they tell a unique history of the stage's performers.
If you happen to attend a performance make sure to visit the lower lobby and spend some time looking at the portraits and imagining the beautiful stories these singers told.
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The Metropolitan Opera
New York has no shortage of options when it comes to the performing arts, but the Met is by far one of the most beloved of them all. While shows change regularly—the season features more than two dozen different operas annually, from Puccini’s Tosca to La Bohème —Rigoletto takes center stage on Oct. 23 (and on select other dates through mid-December). Director Michael Mayer puts his own spin on Verdi’s three-act work about class division, injustice and, of course, revenge; though the storyline will remain largely the same, the setting moves from 1500s Mantua to a casino in 20th-century Las Vegas. Between acts, steal away to the bar, grab a glass of bubbly and explore the opulence of the Opera House at Lincoln Center, from the Swarovski crystal chandeliers in the lobby to the famed Marc Chagall murals that hang from the ceiling of the grand tier.
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Tristan und Isolde navigates its way to the Met opening night
On September 26, the New York Metropolitan Opera will premiere its season 2016/2017 opener of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. This new co-production contains eerie and moving visual projections by film director Mariusz Treliński and with Sir Simon Rattle conducting in one of his rare appearances at the Met. Stuart Skelton will reprise his role of love struck Tristan after having performed in this co-production in March when it debuted at the Festival Hall Baden-Baden Easter Festival.
This new production sets the treacherous love tale aboard a ship, the orchestra is the ocean, the characters are boats, thrown by the waves until they are smashed against the irresistible cliffs of desire.