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  • lorenzo.venezia: Ivy, I agree there are undertones and overtones and I’m not arguing against that. My argument is against people who... 5:14 PM
  • NPW-Paris: (That was in reply to Satisfied, and I apologise for the mistakes). 5:13 PM
  • NPW-Paris: Les Contes d’Hoffmann, in Marthaler’s Madrid production, came out quite recently, I think. Opéra Magazine said (my... 5:10 PM
  • Porgy Amor: I never thought Beckmesser was specifically targeted in the Act Two riot because people found him annoying. He gets the worst... 4:58 PM
  • Batty Masetto: I get the sympathy for Beckmesser – for one thing, he lives out one of our commonest nightmares. What opera lover hasn’t... 4:57 PM
  • armerjacquino: Lorenzo- I was with you right until the end. Your mention of historical context is vital, and in that light MERCHANT is a... 4:51 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Well again, I don’t think any piece of art (or literature) should be studied in a vacuum, as solely a piece of art. For... 4:34 PM
  • Satisfied: Looking for some good regie productions to order for Christmas (recently released). Suggestions? 4:22 PM


La Cieca (pictured, right) would like to take this opportunity before jumping on this afternoon’s Aïda chat to address a site issue or two.

The problem with the links in the “recent comments” section not going to the correct comment is a known issue, and the hard-working parterre tech myrmidons are trying to find a workaround. In the meantime, please note that if you go to the comments feed page and find the relevant comment there, the link provided on that page will, in fact, send you to the proper place in the comments thread.

Moving forward, we will try to find a way to link correctly from the Recents Comments items, though to tell the truth this functionality is not something WordPress seems very eager to provide. (The former plugin we were using to generate the Recent Comments was apparently defective and seemed to be causing the slowdowns and crashes you remember from the early of this year.)

We’ll get the “next post/previous post” links back shortly.

Now, on another subject, La Cieca is seeking a regular and reliable parterrian who a) is already planning to see Monday night’s Met performance of L’elisir d’amore and b) is confident he or she can write and file a review of this performance by noon on Tuesday. Anyone interested should email La Cieca at their earliest convenience.