VIDEO: Opera Fan(atic)s: Starkey & Dutch, Part III

VIDEO: Opera Fan(atic)s: Starkey & Dutch, Part III

What does a great opera orchestra add to a performance? What are some of opera's greatest highlights - not for the artists onstage, but for the musicians in the pit? From Bohème to Parsifal, relive some of the greatest moments in the repertoire in the third and final installment of Starkey & Dutch!

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Nurturing the Next Generation of Music Lovers

Nurturing the Next Generation of Music Lovers

Vincent Lionti, a violist in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1987, is also the conductor of the GWYOA Youth Symphony.  As a conductor and educator, Vincent is passing on his love of music to future generations.  Video by Richard Kaplan and article by Sarah Vonsattel 

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Opera Fan(atic)s: Billie Allen's "Secret Queen"

Opera Fan(atic)s: Billie Allen's "Secret Queen"

Growing up in Richmond, Virginia in the 1930s, Billie Allen had a tough time as a self-proclaimed opera buff. All that fell away, though, when she heard one singer in particular who seemed to have "a direct connection with the center of the Earth." See and hear more in this video about Opera Fan(atic) Billie Allen's touching relationship with the arts, opera, and the Met.

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VIDEO: Opera Fan(atic)s: Marcia Butler, Jonas Kaufmann, and the MET Orchestra

VIDEO: Opera Fan(atic)s: Marcia Butler, Jonas Kaufmann, and the MET Orchestra

Fans of the Metropolitan Opera and the MET Orchestra are some of the most passionate you'll find anywhere. What would convince someone to go to forty operas in two years? What does a former professional oboist have to say about the MET Orchestra? Which operas and singers have stood out? Opera Fan(atic) Marcia Butler explains what she loves about the Metropolitan Opera.

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