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  • Gualtier M: Yes, ML, the Met needed a BIG favor. Very few bass-baritones or basses are out there who sing... 9:40 AM
  • toitoitoi: Bartlett Sher is directing one in 2015. They were talking about Danny Burstein for Tevye. 9:37 AM
  • manou: I never thought I would read “Krunoslav&# 8221; and “unkind̶ 1; in the same sentence. 9:35 AM
  • Ilka Saro: Terfel was a rich man, Yada digga digga digga digga daidle deeldle dum 9:33 AM
  • ML: MMII, he was certainly effective in the April 1990 Ring with HB, which I know we both enjoyed until the... 9:11 AM
  • ML: Gualtier, the Met doesn’t need a favor. It needs a Sachs, and Morris isn’t one in 2014. His... 9:04 AM
  • Signor Bruschino: According to a Broadway producer I know, Bryn has been looking at doing a extended run in a... 8:16 AM
  • Cicciabella: What a couple of great gals! Thanks a lot for this link, antikitschychic. Wonderful, honest... 8:07 AM
  • La marquise de Merteuil: Alejandro here is her martern: https://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=pqa5 x7FScv0 7:58 AM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: I agree Morris deserves respect insofar as everybody does, but this is not good casting. They... 7:53 AM

The music, ho!

On this day in 1966, the Metropolitan Opera House opened at Lincoln Center in New York City with the world premiere of Samuel Barber‘s opera Antony and Cleopatra. Read more »

Change of pace

La Cieca has just heard that Joseph Kaiser, “due to unforeseen circumstances,” will not be able to participate in Sunday’s Voce recital. Julia Bullock will still be performing, joined by baritone Andrew Garland (pictured) and tenor Paul Appleby. (Photo: Ann Stucki)

Thank you all for the gifts and the flowers

Perhaps to whet the appetite for the Met’s opening night just one week from now, Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin presents a gala performance of Le nozze di Figaro (with a cast headed by Teresa Stratas) from the Paris Opera. Read more »

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Speer pressure

One of the things that made François Girard’s 2013 production of Parsifal at the Met so compelling was the way he tried to make the tale of suffering and temptation relevant to a contemporary audience.

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Chantons sous la pluie

Walking away from Theatre Châtelet this afternoon, I felt as though my relationship with France and its notoriously perplexing people and culture had at long last reached some degree of depth.

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Mold Acquaintance

On this day in 1923 Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin.

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Tick tick tick

On this day in 1968, the television newsmagazine program 60 Minutes premiered on CBS-TV.

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Roman holiday

Big changes in San Francisco’s Norma.

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Key signature

On this day in 1814, Francis Scott Key composed the poem “Defence of Fort McHenry,” which was later set to music and became the United States’ national anthem.

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Blind jealousy

Which highly respected opera professional has been making a lot of childish scenes lately (even devising a fake identity on parterre.com!) in order to sow discord between two ex-clients?

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