Cher Public

  • gustave of montreal: Aha! a compatriot from Vancouver. 10:08 PM
  • amoebaguy: I have no problem with avant-garde productions provided they are well thought out. Christoph Marthaler’s “Hoffmann... 10:07 PM
  • vilbastarda: Hey Blanche, seems that nobody answered you. So, let’s try: he’s generally telling them how to be authentic. The... 9:16 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: He led some of the rehearsal, but became ill. He’s doing well now. It’s definitely wash you hands often... 8:05 PM
  • Salome Where She Danced: Met site announces conductor of last 3 Lulus: Derrick Inouye. Getting his Peggy Sawyer Moment at age 59. 7:52 PM
  • armerjacquino: I’ve been waiting all day to elucidate on my idiocy! I must have been unthinkingly parroting that ‘trivial... 7:47 PM
  • La Cieca: The livestream of Anna Bolena at http://www.metoper /Free-Live-Audio-S treams/ is the subject of... 7:41 PM
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Chat roulette

It’s the opening of the Met’s Saturday afternoon broadcast season, cher public, and the first opera in the series is Rigoletto. You know what that means: La Casa della Cieca is open for business staring at 12:30 pm!


  • grimoaldo says:

    There was another interesting story on Lebrecht’s site:

    Apparently Damrau missed her entrance for the second party scene and the orchestra played for quite some time without any singing, did anyone see that on the live stream?

  • rommie says:

    Can we clock that Traviata-Alfredo shade:

    Bringing cupcakes to your dying lover whom you do not want to touch.

    That whole finale act was all Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant.

  • rommie says:

    Italian Twitter feed abuzz with the fact that she died on a chair and not on a bed

  • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

    It probably was not Damrau’s fault. However, many famous artists have been notorious for not arriving at their position in the wings required position until the very last moment even if the stage management placed the “Signor X sul palcoscenico prego!” call at the right time. It will be interesting to see if they doctor the video for posterity. I can only imagine how horrified everyone in the TV crew must have been, not to mention everyone else who saw it live.

    • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

      This Otello was in plenty of time. (I love it when the person with the camera starts whistling along, at 1:14, which is considered very bad luck in the theater -- probably deadly onstage.