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  • Krunoslav: Siffleuse , at least on Monday and she was VERY audible, and PD rarely moved more than 20 feet... 2:38 AM
  • danpatter: Oh sure, I had one, and a copy of the record, too. I was seven. I did not drive my parents insane... 2:32 AM
  • m. croche: Almost forgot: “Thank you, Mr. Boulez.” httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=NW30 g2tPmDA 1:09 AM
  • parpignol: I love Ernani, totally crazy masterpiece, and the presence of Carlo Quinto even suggests an... 12:05 AM
  • DeepSouthSenior: The subsequent careers of competition winners and losers is similar to academic... 12:01 AM
  • DeepSouthSenior: I’ve always loved much of the 20th-century musical avant-garde, including Boulez.... 11:41 PM
  • DeepSouthSenior: Black leather (or something leather-like), a short skirt, and boots cover a multitude of... 11:25 PM
  • m. croche: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=sFFp zip-SZk 11:10 PM
  • DeepSouthSenior: Singers who conduct (some of them, anyway) remind me of the old joke about the question... 11:04 PM
  • zinka: Placido sounds like neither tenor OR baritone…NO QUALITY…..I have heard him do other... 10:36 PM

All futures great and small

The Metropolitan Opera yesterday afternoon was an uncommonly cozy place, as the auditorium was packed to the rafters with friends and family members of the nine National Council Audition Finalists. For the finalists I’m sure the experience was nerve-wracking but it was heartwarming to see the huge cheering crowds for each finalist.   Read more »

Fireworks

At the conclusion of LA Opera’s revival of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro I was taking the early opportunity to stand before the curtain calls since I knew we’d all be on our feet presently. As I leaned forward the woman in front of me turned to her seatmate and very quietly, in a voice thick with emotion and not a few tears, said, “it’s so beautiful.” I couldn’t have agreed more.   Read more »

Et in Arcadia, libido

A performance space called the Sheen Center has opened its doors way down the far end of Bleecker Street, a stoner’s throw from where CBGB’s used to thrive beside the itsy-bitsy Amato Opera House. (You never forget your first Oberto, Conte di San Bonifacio.)  Sheen Center, sizable and modern and slim on personality, contains two theaters. The smaller one is the Sheen Center Blackbox (18 Bleecker), and it is just the right size (except it lacks a pit) for chamber-scale opera performance. Read more »

Patti

“Madame Patti is up there on the stage, Cornelius!”

If you can tear yourself away adrming from the scenery long enough, cher public, now’s the time for conversations on general interest and off-topic subjects.

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Norma

Text appeal

What makes Norma such a high-profile role in the soprano repertory?

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Great Ziegfeld

Glorifier

Born on this day in 1867 American director and producer Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr.

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Zachary Woolfe

Woolfe at the door

Longtime Friend of the Box Zachary Woolfe (left) climbs onto the masthead of the New York Times as their new classical music editor, starting Monday.

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futureworld

From a distance

Things coming in the future, cher public: Anna Netrebko sings Adriana, Maddalena and Turandot; Stefan Herheim directs Der Ring des Nibelungen.

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Peg

Off the Peg

On this day in 1991, the Los Angeles County Superior Court awarded singer Peggy Lee $3.83 million in her lawsuit against the Walt Disney Company.

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Huguenots

Protestant movement

La Cieca is sure that Meyerbeer fanatics will be delighted to hear that the Royal Opera House Covent Garden is preparing a new staging of Les Huguenots.

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