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  • -Ed.: Why doesn’t the Met hold their HD-broadcast intermissions on stage, in house? It seems a shame to deny the house from such... 11:36 PM
  • -Ed.: Ah! My latest earbug is from the Gardiner Figaro.. and now it can be yours too! Perfection. httpv:// com/watch?v=Ua7... 10:03 PM
  • Batty Masetto: Ivy, Daniel Barenboim doesn’t quite see it that way: Whoever wants to see a repulsive attack on Jews in Wagner’s... 9:42 PM
  • Poison Ivy: A lot of Beckmessers music sounds like a parody of cantorial traditions, and certainly not something Wagner normally wrote for... 8:56 PM
  • grimoaldo: I’m a proud Episcopalian! Doesn’t stop me kvetching about anti-Semitism, not in Wagner generally, but in... 8:38 PM
  • armerjacquino: Well of COURSE a Venetian would say that… 8:33 PM
  • lorenzo.venezia: dear quoth, then there are us Jews who kvetch about other people reading anti-semitism everywhere in Wagner ;-) although... 8:32 PM
  • Batty Masetto: Sorry, quoth, I’m not buying. Possibly some day somebody will unearth a letter where Wagner says “I really... 8:24 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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