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  • bluecabochon: For every person who booed and yelled, there were audience members nearby who loudly told them... 2:53 AM
  • tancredipasero: As the other commenters have noted, the disruptions were minimal. Whatever inclination... 2:39 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Well Michael was fine in the role. Only at the end did you hear shrillness on top. Granted... 2:20 AM
  • SF Guy: Ooops! 2:11 AM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: Who by the way delivered her baby 2 weeks ago. 2:02 AM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: She withdrew from SF saying she had planned procedures following an emergency... 2:00 AM
  • Krunoslav: Um, It is Sonya YONCHEVA, age 32, who is pregnant, not Krassimira STOYANOVA. Granted, both are... 1:59 AM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: SF Guy: we’re talking about Krassimira Stoyanova, not Sonya Yoncheva. 1:58 AM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: That’s a different singer. 1:58 AM
  • Krunoslav: She is 52 years old, as OPERA NEWS mentions in the piece on her in the current issue, so that... 1:57 AM

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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