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  • LT: An idea for a regie Nozze – set it in the Clinton household. 6:41 PM
  • grimoaldo: https://www.thegua 2016/jul/27/edinbu rgh-festival-offer s-refunds-for-cont roversial-opera-be fore-opening... 6:38 PM
  • lastcastrato: Indeed. Domenico Mustafa, castrato (1829-1912) was considered for the role of Klingsor by Wagner himself. 6:16 PM
  • Patrick Mack: Thank You Milly, I still can’t believe that review and I’ve read it twice. Not that I’m not a fan of that... 6:10 PM
  • Milly Grazie: FYI before anyone pitches in… I do realize that the video I sent link of is NOT a clip from the Hollywood Bowl Tosca,... 5:49 PM
  • Milly Grazie: Just looked at the short clip here – www.hollywoodbowl. com/tickets/tosca/ 2016-07-24 Embarrassing! Scarpia wandering... 5:41 PM
  • bronzino: The role of Klingsor is such a lost opportunity– with his particular ‘amputation& #8217;, would not this have been a... 5:02 PM
  • PCally: Grummer is even better on that recording than the studio as well. 5:01 PM


Ken Howard/Metropolitan OperaOur JJ writes his rave of raves:

“If such a thing as perfection in opera is possible, in this House of the Dead, the Met achieves it.” [NY Post]


  • 1
    Quanto Painy Fakor says:

    How truly wonderful it is to read something so positive about the MET for a change. Great review from James Jorden. Enjoy it while you can… things are sure to return to filth.

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    Quanto Painy Fakor says:

  • 4
    Will says:

    How great to hear Kurt Streit given the recognition his artistry so deserves. And I’ll bet he is a fully integrated member of the ensemble into the bargain. I’m so looking forward to seeing this!

  • 5
    kashania says:

    Damn it!!! I just can’t afford to fly down to NYC to see this. Argh!

  • 6
    lorenzo.venezia says:

    Thank you, La Cieca, for a beautiful and heartfelt review. Were I not booked between Urbino, Assisi, and Vienna, I would certainly come running! I have always loved Patrice Chereau, since THE ring; and his Tristan at Scala, not universally loved, sent serious shivers down my spine for reasons to numerous and complex to mention. I was deeply moved by it. I am sure this is extraordinary and am truly sorry to miss it!!

    • 6.1
      Regina delle fate says:

      Lorenzo -- many people like the Chéreau Scala Tristan, even some critics, although needless to say it wasn’t Regie enough for the Germans. I am going to try to see this House of the Dead when it goes to La Scala.

  • 7
    cruncher says:

    Great review. Love the new pic too!

  • 8
    Jay says:

    Excellent review. Also worth checking out: Martin Bernheimer’s Financial Times writeup at

    • 8.1
      lorenzo.venezia says:

      I used to be terribly annoyed with Martin B. when I lived in LA and he was critic at The LA Times; he was ruthless with icons and referred to Pavarotti and Caballe (in an SF Tosca) as singing sofas, etc. That said, he is a smart cookie, and this review verifies that he has grown wiser as well as older… succinct, to the point, generoso.

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    idreno says:

    Just to dispel some misinterpretations: the show originates in Europe (Aix-en-Provence) and then goes to La Scala, is definitively NOT the other way around.

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    SilvestriWoman says:

    I second Will!!! Having worked with Kurt, I can attest that he is a complete artist and true gentleman. Why is it that Mozart tenors never get there due?

  • 11
    The Vicar of John Wakefield says:

    Why on earth isn’t this show being sung in good, clean English?

    As one OPERA reviewer observed recently, Cheryl Barker is now the recorded Kat’a of choice in old Norman Tucker’s splendid rendering:

    Act I Scene 2: Ah, but you, what can you know of this?
    Act II Scene 2: Far away my love is gone across the water
    Act III Scene 2: Ah, Glasha! It’s awful to think of it

    And of course without another Aussie (Sir Charles) no one would be performing Janacek today! He should be counted as an English composer.

    • 11.1
      Harry says:

      Give me Elizabeth Soderstrom any day in Kata Kabanova, Makropoulos Case or Jenufa in the original language.! Some people fail to realise that she was not ‘just cast’ by Decca /Mackerras in those operas but due to her expertise , knowledge and singing ability of them. I know she had at one stage had sung the role of Emilia M. in four different languages for various productions. Let;s see the ‘roll call’ for other singers adapting to the same feats. She is just another of the singers that tend to be always overlooked, thinking back of the greats, here.

      • 11.1.1
        richard says:

        Harry, Soderstrom had an amazing command of languages. I heard her in five different roles, in FIVE different languages! English, German, Italian,
        Russian, and Czech. I also heard her in recital where she included Swedish and French.

  • 12
    Harry says:

    Richard I heard her in a long interview once, Boy! Soderstrom came across not only as warm, friendly and engaging; but with a sharp analytical brain and plenty of intelligence to boot.
    Made me think : pity a lot of other opera singers did not have the same resources to interpret a role.

    • 12.1
      Orlando Furioso says:

      She was also hysterically funny when she wanted to be. I recall seeing her receive an award after intermission of a (Swedish Chamber Orchestra?) concert. She started off with “I don’t have a BIG voice…. [perfect pause] but it’s ugly.”