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  • MontyNostry: There’s a touch of Donatella Versace about the way Nadj looks these days. 6:49 PM
  • bobsnsane: A bumbling B production ? 6:47 PM
  • Stefan: The Staatsoper will stream it “live” on November 1. https://www.staats oper.de/en/staa... 6:47 PM
  • MontyNostry: Time for this clip again httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=LCFN cEFZn38 6:43 PM
  • antikitschychick: OMG I.JUST.CAN’T . This is beyond gorgeous singing…grea t accompaniment too.... 6:43 PM
  • bobsnsane: Titular… 6:37 PM
  • Krunoslav: http://www.klassik -in-berlin.de/bild er/opern/dob-nabuc co-08-600.jpg 6:35 PM
  • antikitschychick: WOW!!! :shock: That was amaaaaazing!! Thank you for sharing that Olivero. 6:32 PM
  • Grane: Well, John Belushi’s dead. Somebody’s got to wear the bee suit. 6:26 PM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: The gay stereotypes of some people… 6:08 PM

Unfiltered speech

As dear Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (not pictured) said on at least one occasion, “Und ich habe, mein Lieber, wieder bei diesem kleinen Geschäft gefunden, dass Missverständnisse und Trägheit vielleicht mehr Irrungen in der Welt machen als List und Bosheit. Wenigstens sind die beiden letzteren gewiss seltener.” And nowhere has the truth of this maxim (also known more formally as Hanlon’s Razor) than in the denouement of the recent foofaraw at the West Australia Opera.   Read more »

Muy Lindoro

As if Juan Diego Flórez in a Seinfeldian puffy shirt were not festive enough, Vesselina Kasarova and Michele Pertusi also star in L’italiana in Algeri, this week’s offering from Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin. Read more »

Top of the heap

You will be happy to hear that Michael Fabiano was the unrivaled star of the Richard Tucker Foundation Gala last night. You will perhaps be a little less happy to hear that this is not only figuratively but literally true: with so many cancellations and substitutions, Fabiano was about the only interesting thing happening. Read more »


Strike me blind

Which stage director—who, incidentally, has a smash hit on Broadway at the moment—has been blackballed from at least two return engagements at the Met because of a kerfuffle with a conductor?

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Seligsten Paar

Maestro Christian Thielemann has made his choice for Lohengrin casting in Dresden and, later, Bayreuth: “Anna Netrebko als Elsa und Piotr Beczala in der Titelpartie.”

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Défense de fumer

Though our gypsy friend Carmen may not puff cigarettes in Australia, nothing will prevent the cher public from blowing smoke about off-topic and general interest subjects.

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The wrath of hell

Protean Meryl Streep is in talks to film a biopic about a legendary diva. No, not that one: Florence Foster Jenkins.

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“Title roles for $600, Alex”

“Heppner will play the three roles in Titanic, including Isidor Straus, a prominent U.S. politician and businessman who goes down with the ship.”

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Stubble in paradise

Tenor Michael Fabiano reportedly tore the place down tonight at WQXR’s Greene Space.

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Old Met

La commedia è finita

Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin has outdone herself this week, presenting a nostalgic pairing of Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci.

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