A Night (and Many Days) Backstage at the Metropolitan Opera

To capture the work that goes into an opera’s elaborate staging, James Estrin, a Times photographer, observed weeks of rehearsals for the Met’s “Roberto Devereux.”


To capture the work that goes into an opera’s elaborate staging, James Estrin, a Times photographer, observed weeks of rehearsals for the Met’s “Roberto Devereux.”


‘Roberto Devereux’ at the Met, and a Soprano’s Triple Crown

In a Metropolitan Opera first, Sondra Radvanovsky completed Donizetti’s Tudor cycle, confirming her stardom.


In a Metropolitan Opera first, Sondra Radvanovsky completed Donizetti’s Tudor cycle, confirming her stardom.


Can David McVicar Bring Peace to the Opera Wars?

“Roberto Devereux” will be his fifth opera at the Met this season, making him an important director at the house.


“Roberto Devereux” will be his fifth opera at the Met this season, making him an important director at the house.


Review: In Pairing of ‘Pagliacci’ and ‘Cavalleria Rusticana,’ One Rises Above the Other

David McVicar stages Leoncavallo and Mascagni’s operas in the same Sicilian village square, two world wars apart at the Metropolitan Opera.


David McVicar stages Leoncavallo and Mascagni’s operas in the same Sicilian village square, two world wars apart at the Metropolitan Opera.


Review: At Met Opera, ‘Pagliacci’ Goes Vaudeville as ‘Cavalleria’ Turns

David McVicar’s new productions of “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci” opened on Tuesday at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.

David McVicar’s new productions of “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci” opened on Tuesday at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.

Vaudeville Authenticity at the Metropolitan Opera

A double bill of “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci” at the Met includes vaudeville elements, on which Emil Wolk is an expert.



A double bill of “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci” at the Met includes vaudeville elements, on which Emil Wolk is an expert.



Music Review: ‘Les Troyens,’ at the Royal Opera House in London

Berlioz’s “Troyens” has both inspired and confounded some of the best directors in the field, and David McVicar’s production uses updated imagery to tell the story.

Berlioz’s “Troyens” has both inspired and confounded some of the best directors in the field, and David McVicar’s production uses updated imagery to tell the story.