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Geh such dir die Stars vom vergangenen Jahr!

tristan-flagstad-melchiorOn Monday, the Met kicks off its 132nd season with a new production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde by Mariusz Trelinski, with Sir Simon Rattle leading a premiere cast of Nina Stemme, Ekaterina Gubanova, Stuart Skelton, Evgeny Nikitin and René Pape (not pictured).  Read more »

Learn to be lonely

dolls-lifeOn this day in 1982 the Larry Grossman / Betty Comden / Adolph Green musical A Doll’s Life opened on Broadway, to close after five performances.  Read more »

“Something great in itself”

katharinaNow we have considered the three “winners” in the Tristan video competition, let’s turn to the also-rans, or, to be more optimistic, the runners up.  Read more »


Days of futures past

Happy birthday librarian, crossword crafter and opera maven Brad Wilber.

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Heck, I’d even play the maid to be in a Schauspiel

Elektra. Staatsoper in Schiller Theater. 23 October 2016. . . . DIE VERTRAUTE/DIE AUFSEHERIN Cheryl Studer

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Wunderbare Träume

Patrice Chéreau, the humanist in provocateur’s clothing, returned to Wagner in 2007 at La Scala with Daniel Barenboim and Waltraud Meier.

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“What happened then, your grace?”

Happy birthday to the 74 years young soprano Jill Gomez.

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Der Sommer schauert still seinem Ende entgegen

The first “La Casa della Cieca” chat of the 2016-2017 season features Diana Damrau.

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I saw three ships

“Never in my life having enjoyed the true happiness of love I shall erect a memorial to this loveliest of all dreams…”

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Oh, mia vergogna estrema!

Happy 82nd birthday actress Sophia Loren.

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