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  • La Cieca: httpvh://www.youtu be.com/watch?v=qGt 4ofoctno 5:10 PM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: Great minds think alike. And Cicciabella, how do you know singers don’t read... 5:09 PM
  • laddie: Don’t take everything so literally Huh? You sound like my grandmother. 5:01 PM
  • Cicciabella: It would only be awkward if singers read this blog, which they don’t. 4:32 PM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: Usually when you say someone looks pregnant when they’re not, it means they... 4:25 PM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: Not my fault they have the same name. I couldn’t let that pass :D 4:20 PM
  • laddie: OK, not sure why it’s “awkward. 221; She looks beautiful and sexy, no matter, not to... 4:01 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Guestoria, way to be not anti-Semitic. Kruno idk. I could call her up but holidays and all. 3:52 PM
  • willym: “Renee was great — a real sweetheart,” concedes a production source who hopes the show goes on... 3:40 PM
  • Krunoslav: Is Ms. Rosenberg casting the covers who don’t sing or casting the people who are flown in to... 3:26 PM

In witch we serve

Countless episodes of Oprah and other programs of that ilk have dwelled on stories of women living in denial about their relationships. Unsurprisingly, many operas also deal with this phenomenon, one I was repeatedly reminded of during Sunday afternoon’s intermittently involving concert performance of Handel’s Alcina at Carnegie Hall starring an unusually intense Joyce DiDonato as a powerful sorceress blinded by her romantic delusions.   Read more »

Myth opportunity

France has this year saluted one of its greatest composers with many performances including revivals of some long-forgotten works. Unlike his homeland, America hasn’t exactly been vigorous about commemorating the 250th anniversary of the death of Jean-Philippe Rameau.   Read more »

Black, box

Passion propels more operas than almost any other human emotion; however, many musical dramas have a very different sort of passion—the final days of Jesus—as their subject. While most commonly performed in concert halls or churches, this week the greatest of these, J. S. Bach’s setting of the gospeler Matthew’s retelling, opened this season’s White Light Festival in a grandly ambitious semi-staging by Peter Sellars at a strikingly transformed Park Avenue Armory.   Read more »

Macbeth

Hysterical blondeness

Wednesday brought the Met’s “real” season opener, an indelible, indispensable night at the opera: a starry revival of Verdi’s Macbeth crowned by Anna Netrebko’s demented Lady.

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Dancing with the star

After listening to “Stella di Napoli,” her mightily impressive new CD of rare bel canto arias just released by Erato, I felt many of the old sparks reigniting.

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Practical magic

Notable purveyor of mayhem and infanticide Medea has lately been missing from the local operatic scene, but Sunday afternoon sections of the recently renovated Alice Tully Hall were singed by Canadian soprano Dominique Labelle’s blazing incarnation of the Greek sorceress.

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One charming afternoon

In recent years the enterprising Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble has brightened the usually arid weeks of August in New York City with some worthy operatic showcases for young singers.

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Tomb raider

Despite the continued popularity of Der Freischütz in German-speaking countries, are the magical mature operas of Carl Maria von Weber otherwise really so problematic, their libretti so unwieldy to explain their continued absence from the world’s stages?

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Waxy buildup

I avoided visiting any waxworks establishment until On Site Opera’s lively production of Rameau’s one-act Pygmalion summoned me Tuesday evening to Madame Tussauds just off New York City’s Times Square.

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Victorious, happy and glorious

Even before Italian diva Mariella Devia had completed the stunning high D natural that capped her miraculous portrayal of Elisabetta in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux Thursday evening at Carnegie Hall, tens, then hundreds of those in attendance leapt to their feet to shout their acclaim.

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