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  • Buster: I agree – all of Toscanini’s Salzburg recordings are wonderful: Fidelio 1st act, Falstaff, and Zauberflöte too. I... 3:04 PM
  • messa di voce: If you can put up with bad sound, try the Salzburg Meistersinger – the most genial, lyrical account of the score you... 2:31 PM
  • m. croche: Cut demonic reindeer in half with magic scissors. http://www.youtube .com/watch?v=lpt3U Mtahow 2:19 PM
  • Camille: Latest Lohengrin— httpv://youtube.co m/watch?v=gcSq3R6P zOg Perhaps it is ould be more impressive in the theatre? Jungfer... 2:16 PM
  • armerjacquino: Although we don’t know exactly what was said… https://books.goog le.co.uk/books?id= UpIusDtpbVsC&am... 1:57 PM
  • quibbleglib: I’ve never understood the fuss about Toscanini. I’ve always found his operatic conducting to be rushed and... 1:36 PM
  • NPW-Paris: But during Tosca at the Met the audience seemed to find Tosca stabbling Scarpia an absolute scream. 1:33 PM
  • Ilka Saro: It’s also interesting to consider that Wagner himself was a pioneer in demanding that the house lights be lowered during... 1:19 PM

Less is Moor

It’s official: in the Met’s new production of Otello, Aleksandrs Antonenko “will not use blackface makeup… breaking with a performance tradition of more than a century.” [New York Times]

You don’t have to be Druids to love it

“The Met’s production, originally directed by John Copley, is still a hideous, confusing mess. But with Ms. Meade and Ms. Barton acting with moving subtlety, singing generously and feeling deeply, it was hard to care.” [New York Times]

We’ll settle that tonight!

La Cieca has been wining, dining and otherwise wooing her Met connection (pictured above) and he (or is it she?) has come across with some tidbits about upcoming seasons at Casa Gelb, detailed after the jump. Read more »

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Ugh! Neve!

La Cieca celebrates (if that is the word) the first snowfall of the season in New York in the traditional manner.

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