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  • armerjacquino: PS- it’s a 1992 release of a 1968 performance. 6:29 AM
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Good evening, ladies and germs

“Renée: ‘It’s a comedy, a farce, and I’ve become addicted to making people laugh’.” [New York Post]

I kiss your hand, mademoiselle

Enough with the polite formalities, cher public, and on with the weekly discussion of off-topic and general interest subjects. Read more »

Oh, de’ verdi anni miei

“The Met’s revival of Verdi’s Ernani Friday night was every inch a tragic opera, though without being grand in any way. Its grisliest calamity was not the one the composer devised but rather one the production’s star, Plácido Domingo, brought on himself.” [New York Observer]

Boulez

Birthdays are celebrated when they are no longer dangerous

To celebrate the 90th birthday of Pierre Boulez, our friends at Opera Depot are offering a free download of excerpts from his epochal 1976 Ring cycle at Bayreuth as well as steep discounts on all other Bouleziana.

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Patti

“Madame Patti is up there on the stage, Cornelius!”

If you can tear yourself away adrming from the scenery long enough, cher public, now’s the time for conversations on general interest and off-topic subjects.

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Zachary Woolfe

Woolfe at the door

Longtime Friend of the Box Zachary Woolfe (left) climbs onto the masthead of the New York Times as their new classical music editor, starting Monday.

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futureworld

From a distance

Things coming in the future, cher public: Anna Netrebko sings Adriana, Maddalena and Turandot; Stefan Herheim directs Der Ring des Nibelungen.

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Huguenots

Protestant movement

La Cieca is sure that Meyerbeer fanatics will be delighted to hear that the Royal Opera House Covent Garden is preparing a new staging of Les Huguenots.

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Manon

The kids are not all right

“’They’re young… they’re in love… and they kill people’ goes the tagline for the 1968 film Bonnie and Clyde, but the slogan could apply almost as well to the outlaw pair at the center of the Metropolitan Opera’s white-hot revival of Massenet’s Manon.”

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Lucic

Spring can really hang you up the most

Zeljko Lucic has withdrawn from his spring Met engagements due to illness.

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