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  • Bill: PCally – as far as I understood it Zefferelli sometimes concentrated more on the extras (young... 11:08 AM
  • RosinaLeckermaul: I saw a TOSCA at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin a few weeks ago that was as traditional as... 11:05 AM
  • Porgy Amor: The Schenk Rusalka has had its last showing at the Met, though, hasn’t it? I had read... 11:04 AM
  • La Cieca: I would say it’s more a matter of the colors of the set fading, eventually to a sort of... 10:40 AM
  • turings: Sure – I just think any revival needs a good director and reasonable rehearsal time. There’s... 10:38 AM
  • DeepSouthSenior: After a few days absent from Parterre, I’m glad that I visited this discussion first.... 10:37 AM
  • PCally: Your comment only highlights the problem with classic productions. La Cieca say that “the... 10:14 AM
  • PCally: Your first statement was that Tosca was not “very 1980s au contraire, it replicates the Rome of June... 10:09 AM
  • Ilka Saro: I agree with Hans Lick here. But to me, the point isn’t about audibility, but about scale.... 9:45 AM
  • Bill: Hippolyte – I agree with you. I never have had trouble hearing any singer in the new Met no... 8:18 AM

The grandeur that was Rome

Some thoughts about the perishability of opera productions follow. Not necessarily a new argument, but let’s see what you think. Read more »

Time and again I would try to say

Our own publisher and New York Observer scribe Julie Jordan James Jorden plays pundit again for WQXR’s “Conducting Business,” discussing musical comedy in opera houses and dishing about opera singers appearing on Broadway. Photo: Todd Rosenberg / Lyric Opera of Chicago

UnRaveled

On this day in 1857 Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary was published. Feel free to waltz or to discuss off-topic or general interest subjects, cher public. Read more »

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One Grecian urn

So, in the Michigan Opera Theatre production of The Merry Widow, is Deborah Voigt channeling Joan Sutherland

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Castafiore

Ah! je ris…

The classic Tintin tale Les Bijoux de la Castafiore has been adapted into an opera for presentation in September 2015 at at Hulpe Castle in Belgium.

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Ultima voce del mio destino

Long rumored, here it is: Anna Netrebko sings “Suicidio!” from La Gioconda!

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Don Carlo

Sometimes just pretzels and beer

Our Own JJ crunches the numbers at the Met and LoftOpera in the New York Observer.

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Mildreds

Out of the frying pan

Met press office: Salvatore Cordella will sing Edgardo in this evening’s performance of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, replacing Joseph Calleja, who is ill.

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Cavalleria

The Rusticana at the end of the universe

Jonas Kaufmann in a wifebeater is but one of the attractions of the Salzburg Festival production of Cavalleria rusticana, a telecast of which you can peruse after the jump.

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Tre sbirri… una guyliner

Two questions answered in a single YouTube video.

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