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  • m. p. arazza: “Smartphones could help guide patrons to their seats, allow them to pre-order food... 1:57 AM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: What does that mean? Discounted tix? And how does one get them? 1:40 AM
  • bluecabochon: My ticket was papered. They paper when Anna sings, too…it depends on how the house is... 1:28 AM
  • Poison Ivy: I’ll tell people who Facebook or email me privately. Isn’t the point of a blind item... 1:19 AM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: Are you going to tell us eventually? Because this can go on perpetually. 1:14 AM
  • Jack Jikes: Jenufa and Traviata – original, engaging and believable approach – complete artistry. 1:10 AM
  • Poison Ivy: Guys, cross Boheme off the list. All three casts were apparently happy productions and everyone... 1:07 AM
  • Poison Ivy: I think Brownlee doesn’t act very well. Neither does Florez but Florez has worked out a... 1:06 AM
  • m. p. arazza: Also “boo boos” = Musetta claims to hurt her foot. 1:03 AM
  • zinka: I would say his singing was the worst since Ticho Parley and Pekka Nuotio..no shit… 12:54 AM

How monarchic was my sprezzatura!

“Yet the evening’s first words, heard in the set-piece Ombra ma fui—like all of Xerxes’ arias sung with monarchic sprezzatura and amoral relish by Stella Doufexis—came unexpectedly in Italian. It was flagrant violation of this house’s fundamental principle, here brushed aside by the cultural capital of the aria and deemed insufficient to sunder the inextricable bonds between the Italian text and Handel’s melody. It was as if the composer and his music, through his advocate Herheim, was holding ground at least at the outset against appropriation of his music by the moderns.”

Oh, what’s not to like in a review like this one?

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