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  • nachEule: DCF I agree, and would add that the “continual Nessun Dorma moments” are probably intended as a hook for snaring... 2:08 PM
  • Gualtier M: AM you are always welcome here and your input is both informative and appropriate. BTW: that Cosme McMoon/Schwarze... 1:59 PM
  • La Cieca: I’ve seen that Ernani and your friend was right. There is no difference between the live version and a 30 year old YouTube... 1:54 PM
  • The Poet Lenski: OK…but that doesn’t cultivate a new audience, which is what is really needed. 1:48 PM
  • fletcher: I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m a huge fan of LA Opera’s 30/30/30 promotion, where they release thirty... 1:38 PM
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  • JohninSeattle: (hangs head in shame…) I like Gluck. A LOT. 1:24 PM
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If looks could kill

Orphic MomentsWhat is an Orphic moment? A song so sweet that even Hades must release the dead back to the living? Is it a descent—the Greek Katabasis to the underworld—to commune with disembodied shades on the wall? Or is it the forbidden glance, the supreme, aesthetic joy of looking?  Read more »

Isn’t it necromantic?

St. Paul’s Chapel is the perfect site for Saul, Handel’s finest dramatic oratorio. Not only are the acoustics brilliant, but Paul’s name was actually Saul before that unfortunate DUI on the road to Damascus. Accordingly, the Trinity Baroque Orchestra and the choir of Trinity Wall Street presented the piece on Friday night as part of the annual Twelfth Night Festival, fully staged as is currently the fashion for concert oratorios, and will repeat the event on Sunday at three.  Read more »

Top hatters

When Mike Nichols was honored at the Kennedy Center, Elaine May said of his work: “Mike has chosen to do things that are really meaningful, and that have real impact, and real relevance, but he makes them so entertaining and exciting that they’re as much fun as if they were trash.” Christopher Alden has pulled the same bit of trickery at the San Francisco Opera with a production of Handel’s Partenope that is so erudite and theatrically audacious and also such a rollicking ride, it’s hard to believe it isn’t crap.   Read more »

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Queens logic

Saturday afternoon at 12:30 on WQXR’s magazine show Operavore, our own JJ talks about Mathilde Marchesi and Antony Roth Costanzo discusses his Orlofsky role in the Met’s Fledermaus.

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Tucker everlasting

Those dear, dear people over The Greene Space at WQXR would like you, cher public, to join them this Friday for a concert saluting this year’s winner of the Richard Tucker Award, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard.

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Our retrospection will now be all to the future

La Cieca predicts you won’t be seeing any puritans at the Met next season, except of course for the ones who slouch around during intermission hissing, “You call that a trill?”

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You’ve got to taste all the fruit

F. Paul Driscoll, editor of Opera News [not pictured], is optimistic.”

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