The Met sits well in the age of Twitter and New Media

Empty Chairs no more?  It was illuminating, at intermission during the Metropolitan Opera’s opening-night presentation of Rossini’s “Barber of Seville” (last) Tuesday, to scroll through comments about the performance posted on Twitter.The presentation on December 17th was the latest in the Met’s line of family-friendly holiday offerings, abbreviated and translated into English for young listeners with short attention spans. The fans are “all-a-Twitter!”


“The Barber of Seville” Isabel Leonard and Rodion Pogossov star in this production at the Metropolitan Opera House. Photo: Andrea Mohin/The New York Times


James Levine to conduct again

James Levine to conduct again in May after two-year injury layoff.

The Met announced that James Levine’s first performance is scheduled for May 19, 2013, about a month before his 70th birthday. He is to conduct the Metropolitan Opera orchestra in a concert at Carnegie Hall. Maestro Levine will return to the podium after a two-year absence. A fall last year left him partially paralyzed. Levine is without a doubt one of the most celebrated and brilliant conductors of our time. His repertoire consists of everything because he can conduct everything. We all welcome his return and pray for his continued recovery. The music world has missed you Maestro!