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  • moi: Actually I’m not sure if it is Hui He.. since The Paris Opera website only announces Netrebko’s cancellation, but not the... 4:09 PM
  • armerjacquino: I’ll give you a ha’penny at most. The ‘adult’ ; crack was aimed at Millington, but reading it back I... 4:08 PM
  • quoth the maven: um, OWE me 4:06 PM
  • quoth the maven: I’m reluctant to continue to engage in this, but “that’ s something I’d expect an adult to... 4:05 PM
  • manou: Yes! Not forgetting “casting pearls before swine”. 4:00 PM
  • antikitschychick: LOL yeah there’s also that. 3:59 PM
  • armerjacquino: David: dead right. A critic is there to review someone’s performance, not their shaggability. 3:59 PM
  • jackoh: It needs to be noted that when a director is creating his(or her) production he may have certain casting in mind but who actually... 3:56 PM

Medium and rare

“Considering one of the season’s star singers is a plus-size female impersonator, opera this fall is anything but a drag.” Our Own JJ lays down the law on the subject of autumnal opera attendance to his base audience of jaded roués and gay divorcées who lunch at the Ritz. [New York Post]


  • Albiani says:


    You forgot to include the very important premiere of “The Tempest” by Thomas Ades on October 23.

    “An exhilirating opera” (Anthony Tommassini)

    “The Tempest is the opposite of a disappointment; it is a masterpiece of airy beauty and eerie power” (Alex Ross)

    • La Cieca says:

      For a somewhat more detailed preview piece in Musical America today, JJ selected this opera as #3 of the top 20 American opera productions of the season:

      The Tempest. Metropolitan Opera.
      The Met’s audience has come a long way. Just ten years ago, 20th-century opera was box office poison; today, audiences clamor for Thomas Adès. With mesmerizing baritone Simon Keenlyside on board as Prospero, this company premiere is the high point of the fall season. (Oct. 23-Nov.17).

  • perfidia says:

    Varla Jean Merman as Madame Flora? That can only be brialliant or a train wreck. Anyway it will be interesting. And here I am living in the boonies of the boonies.

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