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English Queen Loses Her Head at Met Gala

Socialists, socialites, investment bankers and Martha Stewart are among those on the red carpet for the Opening Night Gala at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Reader Comment: Opera in America

Mike Gibb in London responds to Alan Behr's review of the Opening Night Gala at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

A Bumpy Night: Tosca at the Met’s Opening Night Gala

Booing, boozing and schmoozing — the evening’s performance was Tosca, but the real spectacle took place off stage.

Gala Glitters as Wall Street Shatters

At the Metropolitan Opera's Opening Night Gala, investment bankers, hedge-fund managers and other financial types who form the cutting edge of New York's boom-times economy appear to be wondering if the fat lady has finally sung.

How To Enjoy Opera: Leave Out The Stage Director

If you are attracted by the notion of appreciating the music without a directorial intervention, here is a choice of events in the coming months.

Is Stéphane Lissner The Right Choice For La Scala?

La Scala named Frenchman Stephane Lissner as general manager and artistic director of the 226-year-old theatre. CK Opera editor Joel Kasow wonders whether Lissner is the right choice for the job.
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