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  • armerjacquino: When we want ‘expert acting’, we attend a stage play- Speak for yourself. This ‘we’ expects singers at the top... 9:08 AM
  • drewco: The only other MET use of projected titles that I remember was in their other Chereau production From the House of the Dead. Those... 9:05 AM
  • manou: Isadora Duncan’t 8:39 AM
  • bronzino: When we want ‘expert acting’, we attend a stage play–at an opera, our ears want expert singing. Listening to... 8:17 AM
  • gustave of montreal: Mon dieu elle va faire la lessive 6:47 AM
  • gustave of montreal: Did he really plunge ? 6:36 AM
  • Pia Ngere-Liu: My aunt was once walking out of a performance of Der Rosenkavalier when she overheard one elderly lady telling her friend:... 12:44 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: The links for the astonishing new Covent Garden LUCIA are on the Russian site. Lucia and Edgardo are having... 12:36 AM

Dark of the moon

No NormaUpdate: Anna Netrebko has withdrawn from the Met’s Norma scheduled for opening night 2017, her publicist and the Met’s press office have confirmed to La Cieca. Read more »

Deep talks, long walks, telephone calls

CompanyOn this day in 1970 Stephen Sondheim‘s (and George Furth‘s and Hal Prince‘s) musical Company opened at the Alvin Theatre to run 690 performances.  Read more »

Chat: La bohème

BohemeWelcome, cher public, to the real-time chat for tonight’s Met broadcast of La bohème, starting at 7:25 PM.  Read more »

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Site unseen

Giuseppe Verdi was so unhappy with the first production of his Giovanna d’Arco at La Scala in 1845 that he swore an oath to himself that he would never entrust that theatre with a prima again.

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Devereux

Screen queen

This season’s Met Donizetti Tudor Trilogy concluded with Roberto Devereux, given its penultimate performance by HD transmission Saturday, April 16. It is good to see these works finally given here; they are too important, too crucial a part of the operatic repertory to have been ignored for as long as they have. 

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Entfuhrung 2

Cold Turkey

The no-star, slapstick revival of John Dexter’s 37-year-old production of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail that opened Friday night proved James Levine’s tenure as Music Director of the Met will end in two weeks with neither a whimper nor a bang.

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Niska

Four conversations are three too many

Which diva gets to sing “I hope you die!  I hope you die soon!  I’ll be waiting for you to die!”

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Turandot

What does a woman want?

On this day in 1926 Puccini’s opera Turandot premiered in Milan.

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Shirley MacLaine

For me, the safest place is out on a limb

Happy 82nd birthday actress/author Shirley MacLaine.

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Chat: Otello

Welcome, cher public, to the real-time chat (pictured) for this afternoon’s Met broadcast of Otello, starting at 1:00 PM.

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