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  • m. croche: If you can’t come up with more than two MET-worthy operas written since 1945, I’d say... 10:24 PM
  • Hippolyte: I’ve been attending the Met regularly for over 30 years more often than not sitting (or... 10:07 PM
  • DonCarloFanatic: Never really cared for him in movies, and obviously not old enough to have seen him live and... 9:59 PM
  • PCally: The Rake’s Progress was staged at La Monnaie and subsequently traveled/was supposed to travel... 9:54 PM
  • Hans Lick: The problem with doing dramatically tight and focused productions at the Met for some hypothetical... 9:39 PM
  • m. croche: Jolson’s style has dated terribly, but I don’t know how many performers of his generation still... 9:36 PM
  • Hans Lick: PCally – Where did Lepage stage The Rake’s Progress? I feel that he basically did not... 9:34 PM
  • aulus agerius: When I grew up in GA in the 50s minstrels were regular fundraising events for PTAs and high... 9:30 PM
  • armerjacquino: I’ve not once seen a Zeff or Schenk production where the singers didn’t look as if they’d... 9:05 PM
  • La Cieca: Apparently (according to those who were there) he had enormous magnetism in live performance. The... 8:54 PM

Out of the frying pan

Met press office: “Following today’s earlier announcement of his cancellation,  Joseph Calleja has recovered and now plans to sing Edgardo in this evening’s performance of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor as originally scheduled.”   Read more »

The Rusticana at the end of the universe

UPDATED: Jonas Kaufmann in a wifebeater is but one of the attractions of the Salzburg Easter Festival production of the double bill of Cavalleria rusticana, and Pagliacci, telecasts of which you can peruse after the jump. Read more »

Fashion police

On this day in 397 the wearing of Barbarian clothing in the City of Rome was banned by the Emperor Honorius. Read more »

guyliner

Tre sbirri… una guyliner

Two questions answered in a single YouTube video.

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Elektra

So I married an axe murderess

I think the sturdier of you will enjoy Nina Stemme’s Elektra from Saturday night at Wiener Staatsoper.

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Michael Fabiano

Transatlantic

For those of you who are following these things, Michael Fabiano is currently in London.

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Legend

Take back your mink

On this day in 1808 John Jacob Astor incorporated the American Fur Company.

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Lucrezia Borgia

Pretty poison

It could get loud. It often does, especially when the soprano is mere inches from your ears, pleading with the duke for the life of the poor boy (parentage unknown) who insulted her notorious dynasty.

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The Thing

Keep watching the skies!

As you may have heard, cher public, Joseph Calleja canceled last night’s Lucia performance at the Met after the first act. So… well, see the headline above.

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malfitano

Sumptuous feast

Long-time parterre fave Catherine Malfitano takes the stage at Manhattan School of Music in a new role, Madame Armfeldt in A Little Night Music, May 12-14.

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