Why can’t a woman be more like a man?

“The background chorus characters in the Broadway show I saw tonight unobtrusively included a gay couple, and jaded though I sometimes am I think that’s really neat.” [@FeldmanAdam]

Every day a little death

Christoph Willibald Gluck was one of the first composers, along with his favored librettist Ranieri de” Calzabigi, to attempt to reform opera into a complete artwork. The ideal was a seamless fusion of music, drama, singing, and dance with a clear plot based on classical ideals. He’d already written nearly 25 operas by the time his Orfeo ed Euridice premiered in Vienna in 1762 starring the alto Gaetano Guadagni.  Read more »

On this day of victory

On this day in 1847 Verdi’s Macbeth premiered at the Teatro della Pergola in Firenze.  Read more »

Love me or leaf me

On this day in 1997 Robert Carsen made his Met debut with a new production of Eugene Onegin.

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The Metropolitan Opera fired James Levine this evening.

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An opening for a princess

Sabine Hogrefe will perform the title role in Strauss’s Elektra at tonight’s performance at the Met, replacing Christine Goerke who is ill.

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BASTA: Once more from the top

They all wished, for reasons at once superstitious and deeply misguided, to avoid over-rehearsing the sextet.

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Einspring forward

On this day in 1979 soprano Marisa Galvany made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Norma, replacing Shirley Verrett with only four hours notice.

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Blow a kiss, take a bow

On this day in 1985 Giuseppe Sinopoli made his Metropolitan Opera debut conducting Tosca.

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Broadcast: Semiramide

Make an Assyrian of yourself!

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