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  • spiderman: Bill – I know, I am from Vienna … still I wanted to express that for ticket sales it is definitely better to have... 5:32 PM
  • Camille: Oh. And if they wanted a Mimì-singing Norma, whyever did they not call Maria Agresta? She’s proven as a Norma, in Paris.... 5:31 PM
  • operainsider: Poplavskya will be back. Give her time. 5:30 PM
  • phoenix: You are very generous – on the other hand, I am more than skeptical about any performance. My motto: Skeptical = Sensible. 5:12 PM
  • PCally: I know that Norma is a role where the really isn’t one specific way to sing the music and I also understand that singers are... 5:03 PM
  • PCally: I hate to say this for I am also a fan but I’m pretty Popsy isn’t going to come back. I also saw her final run of... 4:56 PM
  • Camille: DCF–you bet and I am a little suspect about what all may be going on. He is suddenly getting more and more engagements with... 4:52 PM
  • Camille: Popsy did come to mind [Insert sad face]. Wondering if she will ever come back to the stage? That Tatyana I heard in December... 4:47 PM

Just be sure to spell my name wrong

BarbraOn this day in 1965 Barbra Streisand starred in My Name is Barbra on CBS.  Read more »

No luck, only the will to gain power!

MabuseOn this day in 1922 Fritz Lang‘s film Dr Mabuse, der Spieler premiered in Berlin.  Read more »

Dark of the moon

No NormaUpdate: Anna Netrebko has withdrawn from the Met’s Norma scheduled for opening night 2017, her publicist and the Met’s press office have confirmed to La Cieca. Read more »


Deep talks, long walks, telephone calls

On this day in 1970 Company opened at the Alvin Theatre to run 690 performances.

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Chat: La bohème

Welcome, cher public, to the real-time chat for tonight’s Met broadcast of La boheme, starting at 7:25 PM.

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Site unseen

Giuseppe Verdi was so unhappy with the first production of his Giovanna d’Arco at La Scala in 1845 that he swore an oath to himself that he would never entrust that theatre with a prima again.

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Screen queen

This season’s Met Donizetti Tudor Trilogy concluded with Roberto Devereux, given its penultimate performance by HD transmission Saturday, April 16. It is good to see these works finally given here; they are too important, too crucial a part of the operatic repertory to have been ignored for as long as they have. 

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Cold Turkey

The no-star, slapstick revival of John Dexter’s 37-year-old production of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail that opened Friday night proved James Levine’s tenure as Music Director of the Met will end in two weeks with neither a whimper nor a bang.

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Four conversations are three too many

Which diva gets to sing “I hope you die!  I hope you die soon!  I’ll be waiting for you to die!”

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What does a woman want?

On this day in 1926 Puccini’s opera Turandot premiered in Milan.

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