“The finale of Sweeney Todd left the stage of Avery Fisher Hall littered with corpses, but the evening, for all its flaws, felt vibrantly alive. If only the Met could get similarly revved for its production of Wozzeck. On Thursday night, the opera, whose graphic violence quotient is small potatoes compared to the Sweeney Todd bloodbath, played to a listless half-empty house.” [New York Observer] (Photo: Chris Lee)
UPDATE: A spokesman for Anna Netrebko says that she and tenor Yusif Eyvazov are not engaged. The soprano further “asks that people please respect her wish to keep her private life private.” Read more »
“Miss Garden retired a year ago, going to the bandit-infested hills of Corsica to ‘write a book and ride a mule.’ The decision to end her ‘retirement’ was made with the same impetuosity which has marked her colorful life.” Read more »
“Including staff benefits, Gelb says a full-time chorus member at the Met earns an astonishing $300,000 (£180,000) a year, while the players of the Met Orchestra earn more than any orchestra in the US.”
Just in from the Met: “Daniel Sutin will sing the title role in tonight’s performance of Berg’s Wozzeck, replacing Thomas Hampson, who is recovering from bronchitis.”
La Cieca is delighted to salute the return of Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin to the regular Monday lineup at parterre.com. And what a special treat she has for us this week: a live performance of Werther starring Franco Corelli and Christa Ludwig!
Impresario Gerard Mortier died earlier today of pancreatic cancer. He was 70.
There’s always companionship of a sort here, cher public, whether it’s off-topic or general interest subjects you feel like discussing.
Recently, opera showed up at both Mets, the Metropolitan Opera and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.