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  • steveac10: The cold hard truth, particularly for the chorus, is that there is a massive oversupply of singers... 9:38 PM
  • Don_Dano: I think it is more complicated than that. I think my paycheck is in the same zip code as the MET... 9:37 PM
  • operaobserver: I understand the argument that the excelence of the orchestra has increased in proportion to... 9:33 PM
  • DeepSouthSenior: In the same vein, so as not to appear sexist: Q. When a soprano steps off the stage,... 9:31 PM
  • operaobserver: I am curious in that the only red meat has been Gelb’s proposed cuts, and the Unions... 9:25 PM
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  • johns33: Yes many things which have been posted here are a shame. The moribundity of some comments... 9:23 PM
  • Stendhal: On a lighter note, the Maureen Dowd editorial was about as useful as her incredible experimentation... 9:21 PM
  • operaobserver: Your free to find a more generous employer. The audience is free to walk away from the price... 9:18 PM
  • rofrano: You. can’t. actually. be. serious. ? 9:01 PM

Play your hunch

Bel Canto at Caramoor is something that I’ve always wanted to attend but never have because … well because frankly I’m just too lazy during the summers, and I’m also a big baby about outdoor performances. What if it’s torrential downpour? What if it’s 100 degrees? What if it’s a five hour opera and it sucks and there’s no way of peacing out? What if the cast sucks? I’d rather focus on the three big B’s during the summer: Ballet, Beach, and Big Brother. Read more »

Auto-da-fair

The Salzburg Festival has long had the image of this place where for a little over a month, the very best singers are brought together with the very best conductors and the very best directors to create the very best productions the opera world has to offer. Tickets are notoriously expensive and hard to get. Expectations are thus always extremely high for any Salzburg Festival performance and production. A performance can’t simply be “nice.” It has to be out of this world. A production can’t simply be a solid repertory utility production. It has to be for the ages, such a great production that opera houses all over the world will clamor for that production. In recent years, the Willy Decker Traviata started at Salzburg Festival 2005 and traveled to New York and now is a Met staple. Last year’s big hit was the Herheim Meistersinger.    Read more »

Project runway

Some ideas are so absurd that the only way to describe them is to simply use the liner notes: “On 26 August 2013, Hangar-7 of Salzburg Airport was transformed into a vibrant cultural venue for a special live broadcast of Mozart’s Enführung aus dem Serail in a coproduction for television with ServusTV. Amidst the historic collection of Flying Bulls aerobatic aircraft and Formula One racing cars, and making full use of the area set aside for art exhibitions, the Ikarus Restaurant, the Outdoor Lounge bars and cafe, Hangar-7 was turned into an opera stage for the evening.”    Read more »

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New faces of 2014

Once upon a time, a man and a woman met. He could sing, she could sing. They fell in love, got married, and became a power couple to rival Billary.

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The beautiful rooms are empty

It appears that Mariame Clément’s conception of Don Pasquale is that the opera should be retitled Malatesta.

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The ladies in question

There is a truism that there are no small parts, only small singers. Last night’s Così fan tutte has made me consider another possible truism: there are no bad productions, only miscast productions.

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Heartbreak fridge

Before there was Verdi’s Otello, Rossini’s Otello was considered the master operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy.

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Red queen

Joyce DiDonato is taking her Mary Stuart on the road, so to speak.

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Count me in

The legions of New York opera buffs who now can’t talk about anything but Javier Camarena will be happy to know that there’s now a DVD release of their new favorite tenor in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory available.

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Purity woman

That’s the exact word I’d use to describe Olga Peretyatko’s debut in I Puritani last night at the Metropolitan Opera: “calm.”

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