Cher Public

  • bluecabochon: Jungfer, I don’t think that the production has deteriorated. It looks pretty much as it always has and the costumes... 5:47 PM
  • aulus agerius: Rosina, it’s an awkward sentence due to the word ‘when’ . It does say what you say. I’m sure CC was... 5:45 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: I first heard her as Martinu’s “Julietta 221; (d’ya all remember Martinu? judging from... 5:42 PM
  • Bill: To my knowledge the Met does the Paris version – or has done so since the 1977 production was new (years ago Kempe did the... 5:41 PM
  • grisha: httpv://www.youtub qo15Z8w 5:34 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: And let us thank Patricia Ziprodt for those! Starting in 1977, I got to wear three of them in the course of... 5:33 PM
  • Cicciabella: Wow, first Grim expounding on Handel, now Batty with the whole Minnesingers backstory. Parterre is all the university you... 5:23 PM
  • rote rosen: “…one hopes for the best for Ms Westbroek, a truly giving and talented performer but one whose voice has never... 5:16 PM

The old lady thanks you all

the_visitYou’ve done it again, cher public: that is, you’ve set a new record here at The busy activity yesterday including the discussion of the Met’s 2010-2011 season led to the highest number of visits on a single day in history: 5,857!


  • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

    That’s more than the seating capacity at the MET.
    Bravo Parterroists and Parterrians. Evivva La Cieca.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

    • Will says:

      Just when was this recorde? I don’t hear much if any of the familiar Callas sound in this selection — something recorded in her teens, perhaps? Very strange.

      • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

        I agree, it’s very strange and un-Callas-like.

        • rapt says:

          I think the poster’s idea was to provide an “ave” to this “Maria,” not to present a Callas recording, which this couldn’t possible be. The voice sounds vaguely familiar, but I can’t identify it.

        • rapt says:

          That’s “possibly,” not “possible.”

        • Will says:

          It’s identified as Callas on YouTube but without any documentation. I don’t hear anything of Callas in it.

        • rapt says:

          This would make a great vocal identification piece! My comment about the poster’s intentions was just a guess. Looking around on Youtube, I found another poster on Youtube who presents this explicitly as a false recording of Callas’s that has been circulating along with a number of other alleged Callas recordings (including “Summertime”!)--says it comes from “Emule,” an entity outside my ken (Google says it’s a file-sharing thing--but I’m already out of my depth!).

        • Of course it’s not Callas. First of all, it’s state of the art stereo (and probably digital, to judge by the metallic quality of the voice), second, it’s a germanic voice, not bad, though not terribly well controlled and a bit shallow. Something in the brightness reminds me of Studer but of course it’s not her, much more shallow. In a way, it sounds like one of the more agreeable crossover singers.

          Doesn’t sound like any ‘voice’ I know and recognize. But not very interesting either.

  • La Valkyrietta says:

    Well, thanks La Cieca, for having such interesting topics such as the new season at the Met, the photos of coming productions, and of the Odabella hairdo and make up. We must be thankful for the Met too for not having a fake “Ghosts of Versailles” with Callas for next season. :)

  • LittleMasterMiles says:

    Perhaps the MET will recognize the strength of their knowledgeable fan-base and bring back design-your-own subscription plans. What ever happened to those?

    Of course, I suppose they still exist: it’s called the buy-single-tickets-after-the-best-seats-are-gone plan.

    • Will says:

      I LOVED the design your own subscriptions. As an out of towner, I could cluster performances when I could schedule trips into New York very easily. And there was none of the idiotic mass substitution and exchange business that has led to getting screwed several times. I would think that it would also save the Ticket Service enormous amounts of time and money.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

    Today the MET GUILD announced their “Opera Boot Camp: Basic Training” in which they equate opera with boredom and fat women!

    Description: “In this special encore offering, the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s resident experts reveal secrets of listening that maximize enjoyment and minimize boredom; recount the history of the operatic art form, from its Renaissance roots to its place in contemporary culture; and examine operatic mysteries and myths -- such as, who is that fat lady after all?”

  • Bluessweet says:

    No, it is we who should thank you. “She’s done it,” to use a line from somewhere or other, sets and costumes by Cecil Beaton.

  • armerjacquino says:

    Hang on… there’s a film of The Visit?

    *dashes off to Amazon*