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  • La marquise de Merteuil: LOL – My fav version is with Hinge and Brackett – Helas – not to... 11:42 AM
  • kashania: We all know that a real diva wears a turban! 11:40 AM
  • antikitschychick: And see how she develops we shall Feldm! If nothing else, a recording of Bel Canto &... 11:37 AM
  • DeepSouthSenior: “ANY day with Gilbert and Sullvan . . .” La marquise, you made my day! 11:35 AM
  • DeepSouthSenior: And day with Gilbert and Sullivan is a good day! I prefer a deep contralto as Buttercup,... 11:31 AM
  • DonCarloFanatic: I wasn’t following Parterre at the height of Renee’s career, when she opened... 11:23 AM
  • DeepSouthSenior: On second thought, I need to disagree a bit with my own post. An artist has every right, of... 11:22 AM
  • La marquise de Merteuil: Buttercup. Things are seldom what they seem, Skim milk masquerades as cream;... 11:17 AM
  • La Cieca: armerjacquino, I am only answering for my own responses since I don’t edit the comments here... 11:16 AM
  • armerjacquino: Column A. As you say, though, she does a decent job at it, despite a conductor who... 11:15 AM

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 »

Queens logic

UPDATE: This afternoon’s Operavore program now available for streaming, after the jump.

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. Or, to put it another way, this is a show so gay only pugs can hear it. Read more »

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. More details on the program and how you can win two free tickets to the event after the jump! Read more »

new_puritans

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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mae_west

You’ve got to taste all the fruit

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

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