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Chat: La bohème

michael fabiano bohemeThe Met’s final performance of the Puccini classic this season is today’s Saturday afternoon broadcast, with chat here at La Casa della Cieca starting at 1:00 PM. (Photo: Ken Howard)

What it says on the tin

bohnenOn this day in 1925 Alban Berg‘s Wozzeck premiered in Berlin. Read more »


forzaThe Met has canceled its new production of La forza del destino, which was to have been directed by Calixto Bieito. [AP]


You give me fever

Mortality is ugly—it smells, it makes uncomfortable noises, it takes its time; and then there is the overwhelming sense of dread and helplessness.

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The key to longevity: keep breathing!

Born on this day in 1887 singer, comedian, actress, and radio personality Sophie Tucker.

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Nadir at zenith

Les Pêcheurs de Perles with an impressive Francophone cast headed by the superb Nadir of Alain Vanzo, one of my favorite tenors.

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Canard Lebrecht

Deplorable disc

Norman Lebrecht is a bloody-minded crank, but, honestly, some of the commenters on his site make him seem the reincarnation of Mother Teresa.

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patsy kelly

Keep on using vibrato

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Innovators are inevitably controversial

Born on this day in 1899 actress, producer, director, translator, writer and teacher Eva Le Gallienne.

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A little off the top

Beaumarchais clearly delighted in this unobtrusive realm.

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