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  • Jack Jikes: DC Metro = Götz Friedrich’s Deutsche Oper ‘Ring’ – the only COMPLETELY... 9:58 AM
  • rapt: Crespin, too (as advice-seeker, not face-puncher). 9:33 AM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Gualtier: I was at the Albanese/Puccini Foundation event at Alice Tully Hall... 10:58 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: According to IMDb, the documentary was made in 1988, so he was 33 in the... 10:24 PM
  • mjmacmtenor: Here a bit from the Trovatore httpv://youtu.be/c QV_mJe1mq4 9:36 PM
  • WindyCityOperaman: At 60 still striking looking. Reading up on him on wiki and You Tube – interesting... 8:14 PM
  • WindyCityOperaman: Wasn’t it because her husband punched her in the face? She was probably smelling... 8:06 PM
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  • Sanford: One of my favorite albums was the French arias album of Christiane Eda-Pierre which included the... 7:33 PM
  • danpatter: I’m very glad this has been so splendidly remastered. When it was first released, I... 7:15 PM

Protestant movement

La Cieca is sure that Meyerbeer fanatics will be delighted to hear that the Royal Opera House Covent Garden is preparing a new staging of Les Huguenots with Elina Garanca (presumably as Valentine), Bryan Hymel (Raoul) and Diana Damrau (not pictured) as the Queen. No word yet on which role Christine Rice will be assigned.

That special face

Happy 100th birthday actress Patricia Morison. Read more »

The kids are not all right

“’They’re young… they’re in love… and they kill people’ goes the tagline for the 1968 film Bonnie and Clyde, but the slogan could apply almost as well to the outlaw pair at the center of the Metropolitan Opera’s white-hot revival of Massenet’s Manon.” Our Own JJ also ponders another revival (if that is not too strong a word), Lucia di Lammermoor, in his latest New York Observer roundup. (Photo: Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera)

tovarich

Diegetic soda

On this day in 1963 the musical Tovarich opened at the Broadway Theater.

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Lucic

Spring can really hang you up the most

Zeljko Lucic has withdrawn from his spring Met engagements due to illness.

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nilsson

Ecco un artista!

Just discovered: a Swedish documentary about Birgit Nilsson.

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crows

With crows

On this day in 1901 a showing of seventy-one Vincent van Gogh paintings in Paris, 11 years after his death, created a sensation.

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Carrerras

Ah, youth!

Once again, your alte Jungfer is pleased to offer a performance by a polarizing diva: it seems that parterriani either love her or loathe her.

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Gustaf

Una vendetta in domino

On this day in 1792 King Gustav III of Sweden was shot by Count Anckarström at a masked ball at the Opera.

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great_powerful_gelb

Opera snooze

That much-anticipated and much-feared “exposé” about Peter Gelb and the Met? Almost completely rehash.

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