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Bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green ready for operatic stardom

Nov. 24, 2021 10:12 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — He opened the season as kindly Uncle Paul in the Metropolitan Opera premiere of Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones.” Next night he was the vagabond monk Varlaam, stopping the show in Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov.” Now he’s back as...

Grammy nominees in top categories for 64th annual show

Nov. 23, 2021 13:12 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A list of nominees in the top categories at the 64th annual Grammy Awards, announced Tuesday by The Recording Academy. — Album of the year: “We Are,” Jon Batiste; “Love For Sale,” Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga; “Justice (Triple Chucks...

Aucoin's 'Eurydice,' modern retelling of myth, opens at Met

Nov. 23, 2021 11:08 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — As Erin Morley sang on the big stage of the Metropolitan Opera, Matthew Aucoin sat in the first row of the orchestra, his score in front of him, taking notes. Unlike most of her performances, Morley could use rehearsals to suggest adjusting notes to fit...

Met returns with 1st work by a Black composer in its history

Sep. 28, 2021 01:25 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — “We bend, we don't break. We sway!” sings the chorus in the second act of Terence Blanchard's "Fire Shut Up in My Bones.” That is how much of the audience of about 4,000 in the Metropolitan Opera felt as they watched Monday night' landmark...

Met season to open with first-ever opera by Black composer

Sep. 23, 2021 09:37 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Charles Blow recalls being in the audience at the premiere of the opera based on his memoir, “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” and watching the scene that depicts his sexual abuse as a child by an older cousin. “To be honest,” he said, “it was more...

Met Opera to stage Anthony Davis' `X' on Malcolm X in 2023

Sep. 16, 2021 23:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera will present its second work by a Black composer, Anthony Davis’ “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X,” just two years after its first. The company said Thursday that “X” will open on Nov. 3, 2023, in a staging by Robert...

Poignant return for Met Opera after 18-month pandemic pause

Sep. 12, 2021 15:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Even before the first note, there were a pair of standing ovations — one when the chorus filed in and another when concertmaster Benjamin Bowman walked on to tune up the orchestra. About 90 minutes later, when conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin relaxed...