Soprano Hei-Kyung Hong extends her run of Mimis at the Met

Hei-Kyung Hong (hay-kyung hong) first sang the role of Mimi at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City when she was just 27. Now at age 60 she's about to do it again. The Korean-born...

After overseas triumphs, soprano returns to Met Opera

NEW YORK (AP) — Lisette Oropesa sang for years at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City as a promising young soprano. Now she's returning as a star. For Oropesa, who is just turnin...

'No path is easy': Black opera singers detail struggles

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 60 years after Marian Anderson broke the color barrier at the Metropolitan Opera, black singers still face unique obstacles in building their careers within the industry. ...

A high-voiced rising star at 25

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen's improbable career has brought him rapidly to the brink of operatic stardom at age 25. So it's not surprising that the Brooklyn-born countertenor would fall ...

Ron Howard tells Pavarotti's 'bittersweet' story in new doc

NEW YORK (AP) — Ron Howard recalls seeing his first opera when he was 4 years old. Just don't ask him to tell you much about it. The budding child star and future director was in Aus...

Review: Soprano Lise Davidsen shines on solo debut

Lise Davidsen (conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen with the Philharmonia Orchestra), "Lise Davidsen" (Decca) For a young singer as prodigiously gifted as Lise Davidsen, there's always a d...

Painful death scene doesn't deter soprano Karita Mattila

NEW YORK (AP) — Her character suffers through one of the most harrowing deathbed scenes in all of opera. But that doesn't faze Karita Mattila, who's looking forward to performing it as "quite an adven...

Tenor on top of the high C's in Donizetti opera

NEW YORK (AP) — Hitting nine high C's in quick succession is all in a night's work for Javier Camarena, who will be wowing audiences with his skills at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. ...

Mezzo J'Nai Bridges rising fast in opera world

NEW YORK (AP) — J'Nai Bridges says she was "way too young" when she sang her first performance in the title role of Bizet's opera "Carmen." That was back in 2011, when the African-Am...

Opera based on Sarah Kane's last play gets US premiere

NEW YORK (AP) — An opera that portrays depression, rage and suicide is having its U.S. premiere after drawing raves from audiences and critics in London. "4.48 Psychosis" was compose...

Anna and Anita star in epic opera rivalry

NEW YORK (AP) — Two reigning divas will be squaring off against each other starting New Year's Eve in the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Francesco Cilea's "Adriana Lecouvreur." ...

Nico Muhly scores with second commission from Met

NEW YORK (AP) — American composer Nico Muhly is used to breaking records when it comes to having his works performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Ten years ago, at age...

Soprano inspired by Puccini's Western hero

NEW YORK (AP) — Puccini's "The Girl of the Golden West" is one of his few heroines who doesn't die at the end of the opera, and Eva-Maria Westbroek thinks the happy ending fits the composer's message ...

Opera mezzo sees softer side of Dalila in 'Samson et Dalila'

NEW YORK (AP) — Elina Garanca is portraying Dalila at New York's Metropolitan Opera, and even though she lures Samson to his doom, she thinks her character has genuine feelings of love for him. ...

Met season promises vocal treats and retooled Ring

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera will open its 134th season on September 24 with a new production of Camille Saint-Saens' biblical epic "Samson et Dalila" featuring two of its biggest stars — me...