Interview with JOHN FISHER,
former Director of Music Administration
on "Classic Talk with Bing and Dennis"
Carol: Gildo, if I am not mistaken you win the prize for the longest tenure of an assistant conductor at the Met. Is that right?
Gildo: Well yes, I think probably that’s right. I started at the old Met in 1963 at 39th and Broadway and then moved to the new house along with everyone else. I guess it was a total of 55 years, 39 of them full time. I did retire a few times but always came back!
C: Tell me, how did you get the job? I know you started in Chicago where you grew up but how did you get the job atthe Met?...
Featuring former Metropolitan Opera Music Staff members
Interview with GILDO DI NUNZIO
by Carol Isaac
Interview with JANE KLAVITER and ROBERT MORRISON
by Carol Isaac
From Peter Gelb
Dear Company Members,
With great sadness, I’m writing about the tragic loss of Joel Revzen, beloved and respected member of the Met Music Staff since 1999, who passed away yesterday from complications relating to Covid-19. Joel had bravely been fighting for his life for more than two months, faithfully watched over by his wife, Cindy, who never gave up hoping for his recovery. At the Met, Joel was a warm and generous influence at all times, contributing significantly to the Met’s artistic process. While necessarily exacting, Joel’s professional manner was soft spoken, encouraging and compassionate — much admired and appreciated qualities for those of us who worked closely with himin the sometimes combustible atmosphere of intense rehearsals...
CI: Jane, where did you grow up and go to school? Do you come from a musical family, are there other siblings or family members who became musicians?
JK: I grew up in Illinois. In high school I studied piano at the Chicago Conservatory of Music, then privately with Rudolph Ganz for a short period of time. I attended University of Illinois where my piano teachers were Stanley Fletcher, Soulima Stravinsky and Malcolm Bilson...
BEETHOVEN 1770 - 2020
NATALIA KATYUKOVA PERFORMING BEETHOVEN
We have arrived at the highly anticipated week of 2020 - Beethoven's 250th Birthday! This is happening very differently than any of us could have anticipated, yet the essential truth remains, we are all better people because of his life and artistry. How can one person make such a difference in our lives? It is possible, he showed us the way.
Here is a beautiful offering from a valued member of our music staff, . As we listen to him in 2020 and head into 2021, we can bring his spirit of listening mindfully to one another. Wouldn't that be the best way to celebrate his birthday?
We would also like to celebrate , whose recording of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 was named as a “Best of Beethoven” 2020 selection on Apple Music.
Happy Holidays everyone!
Interview with DENNIS GIAUQUE
by Carol Isaac
CI: Dennis, what a pleasure it is for me to connect with you again! I remember so well how you welcomed me to the Met and to your studio C-13, which I was then lucky to share with you for many years. Can you tell me about your childhood and how music played a part of your first stage of life? Were there other musicians in your family?
DG: I’m happy to connect with you and share some thoughts and moments from my past. Yes, studio C-13 was our cozy, convivial little corner, complete with a Nespresso coffee machine! ...
DANCERS OF THE MET
We are thrilled to announce an upcoming performance series that features a group of independent artists who are furloughed from the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Chorus, and Orchestra. While the Metropolitan Opera remains dormant, we are excited to be pivoting and creating our own opera-inspired chamber series.