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  • DeepSouthSenior: Sirius XM Channel 74 is working just fine. 6:11 PM
  • -Ed.: The “listen̶ 1; link on the Met website isn’t working properly, it cuts off every few... 6:08 PM
  • kashania: I guess some of that has to do with the years during which Pavarotti and Domingo were competing to... 6:01 PM
  • kashania: That’s interesting. I wonder if any other singer has done that before — record the same... 5:46 PM
  • DeepSouthSenior: I already have, sort of. Let’s call it a “senior crush.” Marlis Peterson... 5:46 PM
  • almavivante: Ah, yes, “this fall.” I stand corrected. But your admonition about La Donna del Lago... 5:46 PM
  • ML: She’s also a lovely lady. You may fall in love, Deep. 5:25 PM
  • DeepSouthSenior: From the four short Final Dress Rehearsal clips available on YouTube, Marlis Petersen may... 5:15 PM
  • Operatunity: Great Clips! Give a birthday shout out to Chuck Jones! His legacy of “What’ s Opera... 5:14 PM
  • ML: At our last Fledermaus, he entered on a float dressed like Liberace and sang Du bist die Welt. I guess... 5:09 PM

The Met: What is to be done?

Coming as Peter Gelb did from the music industry, opera lovers hoped that he would display a more distinctive knack for casting and an improved talent pipeline than Joe Volpe offered during the waning years of his tenure.   Read more »

No business like snow business

Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin is his masterwork and its themes of social convention and unrequited longing surely struck a deep chord in a composer who, in late 19th century Russia, was gay and had to conduct himself carefully.

I’d like to say a brief requiem for the Metropolitan Opera’s last production, brilliantly designed by Michael Levine and directed by Robert Carsen. Its strong use of color and abstraction brought an easy focus to the unabashed romanticism and melancholy of this work.  Read more »

Anna engaged? No.

UPDATE: A spokesman for Anna Netrebko says that she and tenor Yusif Eyvazov are not engaged. The soprano further “asks that people please respect her wish to keep her private life private.”   Read more »

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That’s entertainment!

The highlight of the Bayerische Staatsoper’s 2014-2015 season is a new production of Manon Lescaut featuring Anna Netrebko and Jonas Kaufmann, directed by Claus Guth.

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Woman on the verge

Anna Netrebko sings “Sola, perduta, abbandonata” from Manon Lescaut at the Rome Opera, Riccardo Muti conducting.

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Eye openers

“Kim Kardashian Reportedly Ditches Date at Vienna Opera Ball After Disturbing Blackface Incident”

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“Say, what’s in this drink?”

Given the no-show of Anna Netrebko at the final dress rehearsal of L’elisir d’amore, the recent rift in the Netrebko-Schrott household and this insane weather, La Cieca thinks it’s time for the hive mind to decide who’s singing Adina at the Met on Thursday night.

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The beat goes on

Weltstardiva Anna Netrebko plays a basement in Greenwich Village next month.

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Single lady

Soprano Anna Netrebko and bass-baritone Erwin Schrott have amicably ended their relationship after six years because of their “demanding schedules and the resulting constant time apart.”

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Rogo boy

Berliners anxious about casting of the Staatsoper’s new staging of Il trovatore since Aleksandrs Antonenko canceled can breathe a sigh of relief, since tenor Gaston Rivero (pictured) will jump in as Manrico.

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