Cher Public

  • SilvestriWoman: Second that… Only weeks ago, I saw Corbelli here in Lyric’s Cenerentola, and he blew me away. His voice was... 11:17 PM
  • Camille: Beautiful voice, technique, intonation, musicality, and singing. Thank you for introducing me to this particular piece as I am... 10:09 PM
  • Batty Masetto: Oy, but some of those farkakte shmattes they put on the ladies these days! 9:58 PM
  • Camille: Alagna will be singing Éléazar in Feldmarschallin 217;s backyard, in München next June. I remember noting that it will be... 9:46 PM
  • Camille: Thank you again so kindly and now I shall make a point of it. His terrible suicide becomes a bit more clear as, for a writer, the... 9:28 PM
  • Camille: So relieved to hear you are home safely and are not still levitating over Josie Robertson Plaza in extasi! You don’t know... 9:22 PM
  • LT: Tomorrow(Sunday)th e traditional Advenskonzert from Dresden will take place with Sonya Yoncheva and Luca Pisaroni. It will be... 8:52 PM
  • antikitschychick: Just got back from the matinee of Tosca and omfg I died. I.AM.DEAD. Morta I tell you! It was riveting. When Tosca jumped... 8:52 PM

Driving Miss Dessay

Always front and center with a vote of confidence, Peter Gelb told the New York Times, “Natalie is one of the great artists, but she also is somewhat fragile.” (The kicker on the story goes like this: ”Ms. De Niese, Mr. Gelb added, will again be available, just in case.”)  So: does it begin to look to you, cher public, like this Giulio Cesare production may resemble in some ways a ride on the montagnes russes? Should Danielle de Niese just go ahead and sublet a flat at The Bel Canto? It’s up to you, parterrians, to turn your crowdsourcing skills to the task of predicting the possibly messy course of the next few weeks.

Photo: Brigitte Lacombe/Metropolitan Opera


  • La Valkyrietta says:

    Yes, a great piece and musically well interpreted. I liked Cleo’s brother and Cornelia’s son too. Baroque can hold much water. Commedia dell’arte can often be invoked to excuse anything. Giulio Cesare in Egitto’s production was not really offensive, though sometimes silly. Dessay was in her element with the clowning, but the flashes of good singing were very welcome. I thank Heavens that things were not carried to extremes, and Giulio did not end up being Queen Victoria in drag. :)

    • OperaQueen77 says:

      Yes, I thought the performance offered more honest-to-goodness entertainment than you’d find in all shows currently running on Broadway. Made me wonder what would happen if a proven cultural mash-up maestro like Quentin Tarantino might do if they ever decided to film a great opera.

  • shoegirl says:

    I was there also (still on holiday here). The audience provided the drag: did none of you notice the bloke with the huge yellow dress and fetching fur coat floating up and down the stairs between the grand tier and dress circle? It was grander even than Cleopatra’s frock from the final scene.

    • OperaQueen77 says:

      Yes, also saw that cute bloke in the taxi-cab size yellow dress. Second CD I’ve seen at the Met this season, there was a guy in a skirt at the Aida performance back on December 22. I may work up the nerve to wear a dress one of these days,

    • Vergin Vezzosa says:

      Oh yes. Encountered him in the opera shop before the performance. Put me in a good mood for the rest of the evening. Kind of like the person in the 70′s who came regularly as a perfect recreation of a late 40′s or 50′s debutant. Ah rimembranza!