One Act Down, Four Hours to Go: Perspectives from the Pit of Wagner’s Ring Cycle

One Act Down, Four Hours to Go: Perspectives from the Pit of Wagner’s Ring Cycle

In September, 2013, Allegro published a three-part series of articles by MET Orchestra Musicians celebrating the 200th birthday of Richard Wagner. In the final of these, principal trumpet David Krauss tells the story of his personal journey through Wagner's Ring Cycle.

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Playing in Wagner's World

Playing in Wagner's World

In September, 2013, Allegro published a three-part series of articles by MET Orchestra Musicians celebrating the 200th birthday of Richard Wagner. In the second of these, principal hornist Erik Ralske discusses coming from a lifetime spent in symphonic music to the discovery of just what makes Wagner so great.

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Pierrot Lunaire: Cuddling with Skeletons?!

Pierrot Lunaire: Cuddling with Skeletons?!

On Sunday, November 16, the MET Chamber Ensemble will perform a program at Carnegie Hall that includes Schoenberg's expressionist masterpiece Pierrot Lunaire. MET Orchestra Concertmaster David Chan recently sat down with soprano Kiera Duffy, who will be singing this massive score, to discuss her start in modern music and what inspires and challenges her in this particular piece.

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Telling It Like It Is: An Interview with Julie Landsman

Telling It Like It Is: An Interview with Julie Landsman

Julie Landsman, a member of Local 802 since 1972, is one of the most distinguished French hornists and teachers of our time. She held the position of principal horn of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for 25 years until her retirement in 2010. Recently, Local 802 recording rep Bob Pawlo sat down with Julie to discuss her musical past, her thoughts on playing, and what advice she would give to musicians now.

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