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  • le cerf agile: Suzuki! 9:03 PM
  • PCally: The DVD is my personal favorite of the opera, even if it’s not the most beautifully sung. The cast is overwhelming 8:44 PM
  • Greg.Freed: Toyota ho! 7:47 PM
  • armerjacquino: Nissan Dorma. 7:40 PM
  • armerjacquino: Well, if we’re counting singers, there’s James Morris. And if we’re counting translations, there’s... 7:40 PM
  • kashania: Thanks for such a witty review, Greg. I’ve seen a few highlights of this production and like what I saw. 7:24 PM
  • Operngasse: Does the production try to make anything out what I’ll term a visual pun between the character Mercedes and the use of a... 7:18 PM
  • armerjacquino: You get a Hall Pass for that one. 6:21 PM


LevineI can scarcely remember a performance where so many conflicting thoughts raced through my mind as happened Thursday night during the Met Orchestra’s “bleeding chunks” of Wagner’s Ring at Carnegie Hall. On one hand, superb Wagnerians Christine Goerke and Stefan Vinke soared through duets and solos from Siegfried and Götterdammerung magnificently supported by the sterling orchestra, but the complicated subtext prevented me from entirely enjoying the evening.  Read more »

Why I do the things I do

PassionFosca, finalmente mia! Or is it too soon for more Sondheim on “Trove Thursday?” La Cieca insisted when she heard I had the broadcast from the recent Parisian run of Passion with Natalie Dessay as its doomed heroine in love with a handsome soldier who struggles to shun her.  Read more »

At sunset

FlemingEven before James Levine announced his retirement as Music Director, one of this week’s concerts by the Met Orchestra at Carnegie Hall had a valedictory feel having nothing to do with Levine. Although it was not announced as such, Sunday afternoon’s all-Richard Strauss concert served as a de facto commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the debut of Renée Fleming, long one of the house’s biggest stars.  Read more »


All about my stepmother

“Trove Thursday” presents Sena Jurinac‘s radiant portrayal of Janacek’s Jenufa opposite the implacable Kostelnicka of Martha Mödl.

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The other Valkyrie

While D.C. Wagnerians wait for Nina Stemme’s Brünnhilde to arrive next week, “Trove Thursday” presents the erstwhile Valkyrie of another compelling diva: Anna Caterina Antonacci as Brunehild, the heroine of Ernest Reyer’s Sigurd, a French grand opera also based on the Nibelungenlied.

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Double treble

“Trove Thursday” presents two star countertenors in a beguiling all-Purcell program from 2010.

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DIdo O'Hara

Give my regards to Carthage

A semi-staging of Dido and Aeneas starring Broadway divas and frequent collaborators Kelli O’Hara and Victoria Clark seemed a screwy idea at best.

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Jonas Kaufmann

Number one with a bullet

“Trove Thursday” presents Jonas Kaufmann‘s only performance (thus far) of Max in Weber’s Der Freischütz.

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Entfuhrung 2

Cold Turkey

The no-star, slapstick revival of John Dexter’s 37-year-old production of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail that opened Friday night proved James Levine’s tenure as Music Director of the Met will end in two weeks with neither a whimper nor a bang.

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Isn’t it romantic?

“Trove Thursday” salutes the Czech soprano Gabriela Benacková with a rare broadcast of Robert Schumann’s only opera Genoveva in which she sings the title role.

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