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  • gk: #7 is definitely Adriana Maliponte from the 1985 broadcast. 2:49 PM
  • YigeLi: The broadcast is exactly on Feb. 11. Or, I guess Lissner would try again to hold the news until last second as he did for the... 2:36 PM
  • m. croche: Operatic Othello without the blackface. Video interview here 2:26 PM
  • fletcher: I’m eager to hear how she does, since I’m on the fence about seeing Butterfly next month in LA. It’s not an... 2:20 PM
  • antikitschychick: Was looking at the 16/17 season schedule for Opera de Paris and noticed there is a huge banner across the top of the... 2:16 PM
  • melisma catatonia: To armerjacquino: I wish I had thought of Verrett’s Elisabetta when I spoke to Madame Norman! Now it occurs to... 2:05 PM
  • Niel Rishoi: Thanks for this review; gratified to read that it went well. La sonnambula is a terrifically difficult opera to cast well. It... 1:22 PM
  • WindyCityOperaman: I remember Lee singing this in recital, and it brought me to tears. httpvh://www.youtu be.com/watch?v=ziW yv0nVIkQ 1:11 PM

Uh, no, they’re saying “Boo-runnhilde, Boo-runnhilde”

If the Frank Castorf production of the Ring at Bayreuth accomplished nothing else, it will be the popularization in classical music circles of the term “boovation.”

” It went on for nearly 10 minutes, by my watch, because Mr. Castorf, 62, who has been running the Volksbühne (People’s Theater) of Berlin since 1992, stood steadfast on stage, his arms folded stiffly, he sometimes jabbed a finger at the audience,essentially defying the crowd to keep it coming.” [New York Times]

121 comments

  • cosmodimontevergine says:

    I’d be willing to give Castorf the benefit of the doubt with the Ring until I see it myself. I’ve seen some long, tortured shows at the Volkbuehne whose only giustification seemed the director testing the bladder control of the audience