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Do let this stranger wait outside your door

San Francisco opera offers a new peak in drab, listless programming in their 2018-2019 “Leftovers and Stuff We Got With Coupons” gala season.  Read more »

Take this ‘Job’ and stage it

Sumerian wood sculptures of a man in torment alternate with electric iconostases.

“Iyov” is Hebrew for “Job,” as in the Biblical Book of Job. There is some difficulty in describing just what IYOV the musical occasion is—and I’ll take refuge in calling it a musical work in the current PROTOTYPE Festival, through Saturday at HERE, on Dominick Street, between Soho and the Holland Tunnel.  Read more »

The day the clown cried

They were standing in lines or those old honky-tonk monkeyshines.

On this day in 1960 tenor Jon Vickers made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Canio.  Read more »

Broadcast: L’elisir d’amore

Hear and discuss Matthew Polenzani and Pretty Yende tonight starting at 7:25 PM.

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Hard candy

It’s perhaps because Puccini is the master of operatic pathos that Tosca has proved so hard for people to get a handle on.

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Who could ask for anything more?

Born on this day in 1908 Broadway diva Ethel Merman.

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BASTA: Boots and Saddle

The guy in the green plaid shirt motioned Evan over within seconds of spotting him at Aura. Evan rolled his eyes, checked his abs, and sidled up to the bar.

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The party of Lincoln

Recorded on 7 May 2017, 50 Years at Lincoln Center: A Gala Celebration features three dozen Met singers of the present decade, from A(ngela) to Z(eljko).

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“No operatic star has yet died soon enough for me”

On this day in 1942 conductor Sir Thomas Beecham made his Metropolitan Opera debut.

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A shocker is born

On this day in 1900 Puccini’s Tosca premiered in Rome.

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