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The great lady issues a statement

Great ladyGiven the number of startling developments in the world of opera as faithfully reported here on parterre box, the most-read stories in April were mostly news, with a little gossip thrown in. Far and away the most popular post this month was Dark of the moon, about Anna Netrebko‘s serial cancellations of her performances of the role of Norma, with 14,302 pageviews. The complete top ten for the month follows the jump. 

  1. Dark of the moon (Anna cancels Norma.)
  2. “Das Ende! Das Ende!” (James Levine retires.)
  3. She never sings anything twice (Angela Gheorghiu goes missing.)
  4. Bleak house (Elektra, reviewed.)
  5. Not only with words, but with lively gestures (Survey of Elektra on video.)
  6. Anvil chorus (Rupert Christiansen‘s knickers twisted. Again.)
  7. Why have you kept me waiting so long? (Kathleen Battle returns to the Met.)
  8. Young guns (Yannick Nézet-Séguin for Met musical director?)
  9. Number one with a bullet (Jonas Kaufmann sings Der Freischütz.)
  10. Shake rattle and role (Anniversary of San Francisco earthquake.)

And here’s a handy chart of day-to-day traffic during the month:

May 2016

  • Krunoslav

    Photo prompts the thought that Anna could open the 2017-18 season with WOMAN OF THE YEAR.

  • Lady Abbado

    Salgo già del trono aurato

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    A few months ago, the American soprano Mary Elizabeth Williams proved that she is a wonderful NORMA. Here’s hoping one of the new major productions will offer her the opportunity.

    • phoenix

      Have you been listening to her broadcasts from Seattle Opera (Tosca, Nabucco, Maria Stuarda, etc.)? I don’t know about Norma, it’s not a favorite of mine so I’m passing any comment on it -- but the other things I’ve heard her in …