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  • armerjacquino: there are certain reliable singers who show up on time …and some of those singers get... 5:56 AM
  • redbear: Peter Sellars: “This is a period of mass intimidation, one where it’s no accident that... 5:48 AM
  • Cicciabella: Pierre Audi has promised that Prince Igor, a co-production with the Met, will soon come to... 4:25 AM
  • Sanford: Well, I have started a business. It’s called So Noted Music and I’ll be selling mp3 and... 3:49 AM
  • Krunoslav: https://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=bWK4 zsTacTU https://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=y2DK I2iQMfI 1:08 AM
  • Krunoslav: “check out who this Mafalda Favero gurl was” httpsv://www.youtu be.com/watch?v=... 1:07 AM
  • La Cieca: Well, no, I assume Favero would have had at least some further Met career. But factually speaking,... 1:01 AM
  • Andie Musique: Madame Butterfly, New York City Opera, March 2010! 12:43 AM
  • m. croche: My memory could be off, but I’m pretty sure the comments about the Prince Igor poppies were... 12:32 AM
  • antikitschychick: stunning duet: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=cAEN NQPorRc :-P 12:10 AM

Katerina’s insomnia

Fellow sitcom junkies may remember the episode of Modern Family where Gloria Pritchett, Sofia Vergara’s character, describes her relationship with her ex-husband: “It seemed like all we did was fight and make love, fight and make love, fight and make love. One time, I’m not kidding you, we fell out the window together.” Throw in a trio of murders and a healthy splash of vodka and you have, more or less, the plot of Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.   Read more »

Dwarf star

Verdi’s Macbeth poses a challenge to any company with the audacity to mount it. It’s layered and fascinating, but it needs a strong cast of singers and a director with a clear-cut purpose to do justice to Verdi, Shakespeare, and convey the deep-seated drama in the music and libretto. In another installment of the Teatro Regio di Parma’s “Tutto Verdi” series, the small, ambitious house gives a performance that almost perfectly achieves those goals.   Read more »

All Sills final

You can tell a lot about someone from their garage sale. You can tell what’s important to them. You can tell where they’ve been and who they are., what their priorities are and the kind of people they associate with: all sorts of things.

I learned a lot about the New York City Opera from their online auction a few weeks ago.   Read more »

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First steps

There’s something charming and almost irresistible about early Verdi opera. I always equate it to seeing a grade school test from Albert Einstein.

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The little people

As an opera, La Traviata is defined by its characters.

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Questions and antlers

Verdi’s only successful comic opera, Falstaff, is notably hard to produce.

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