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Performer: James Levine

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Metropolitan Opera pays tribute to Hvorostovsky

Soloists and Met Opera Chorus © Richard Termine | Metropolitan Opera
The Met Opera's concert performance of Verdi's Requiem was an emotional tribute to Dmitri Hvorostovsky. 
***11
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What the conductor tells me: impeccably controlled Mahler

James Levine conducts the Staatskapelle Berlin © Thomas Bartilla
James Levine brings masterful control to Mahler with the Staatskapelle in the Philharmonie.
****1
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Flute still mesmerizing at The Met

Markus Werba (Papageno) © Richard Termine | Metropolitan Opera
The musical experience was dominated by the imagery making spectators feel, at least at times, overwhelmed.
****1
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A Rosenkavalier for the radio

Renée Fleming (The Marschallin) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
There are several things wrong with the new Robert Carsen directed Der Rosenkavalier that just opened at the Met, but the singing is not among them.
***11
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Orchestra shines in uneven Idomeneo at the Met

Idomeneo at The Met © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
Mozart's Idomeneo proved to be a challenge for some of the soloists initially but the superb orchestra under James Levine brought about a successful opening evening at the Met.
***11
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