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  • Buster: Now Helen Donath has announced she will sing her final Mrs. Grose this week, I am skipping Elektra, and head of to Wiesbaden for... 6:39 AM
  • lyrebird: One more try httpv://youtu.be/B abLd9welOs 5:57 AM
  • lyrebird: Any excuse to remember the fabulous Coral Browne, Mrs Vincent Price, never more memorable than in Alan Bates’ An... 5:56 AM
  • lyrebird: That would be two previous nights, duh. 5:23 AM
  • lyrebird: I saw her Brunnhilde in 2010 when the Cologne (Carsen) Ring was shipped to Shanghai (World Expo). Hers was a big warm voice, a... 5:21 AM
  • armerjacquino: Yes, it is. 3:27 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Petra Lang is singing the Isolde next year in Bayreuth. 1:06 AM
  • Bluebeard: I think someone told me Kampe’s not doing Walkure next year (no word if she’ll do Isolde), so I’m guessing... 11:55 PM

New classic

met_traviata_1Willy Decker’s Traviata has garnered praise from critics and audiences alike in the week since its Metropolitan premiere, but (as was to be expected) this praise comes over the complaints of a select few traditionalists, a handful of lonely boos amid the mostly enthusiastic applause. Their objection (as usual) is that Decker’s production betrays the “original text” of “Verdi’s La Traviata.” But these detractors should consider that La Traviata is a work in which questions of betrayal and fidelity are specifically at issue—one that reminds us that sometimes, counterintuitively, the only way to remain faithful to someone or something is to depart from it.  Read more »

Face time

traviataAs we look forward to New Year’s Eve and to the gala opening of Willy Decker’s La Traviata at the Met, it seems fitting to look back—by way of the official, live, DVD recording of the production’s sensational world premiere at the Salzburg Festival in 2005—to get some sense of what’s behind all the hype. Released in 2005 by Deutsche Grammophon, this recording promises an exciting evening for the Met’s audience on December 31st, but also raises the question of whether the New York premiere will live up to the high expectations set in Salzburg.

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