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  • Evenhanded: Well. Buster: The Hager studio recording (mentioned by Bill) is totally complete, as far as I... 5:22 PM
  • NPW-Paris: I will hear Tatjana Serjan very soon as Tosca and will be very interested to hear her live. I... 5:18 PM
  • spiderman: so many people are raving about this performance. frankely i am seeing an overparted behrens who... 5:07 PM
  • Olivero is my Drug of Choice: I was there and thought that Behrens Elettra was quite exciting. It may have... 4:51 PM
  • kennedet: You might not want to wish You Tube away but it is not the true representation of a voice quality.... 4:47 PM
  • Cicciabella: I believe the Fidelio was in 2010. I missed most of that season because of personal... 4:46 PM
  • Krunoslav: ‘Mozart, apparently disappointed with the reduced technical prowess of the tenor who was to... 4:41 PM
  • polplancon: Getting back to Idomeneo: Mozart, apparently disappointed with the reduced technical prowess of... 3:53 PM
  • Maury D: Look, I’m sorry to snap at you in particular but people here have a lot of unexamined stuff... 3:48 PM
  • Orion: I saw Sonya YONCHEVA performing in Madrid alongside Roberto ALAGNA in a concert version of... 3:37 PM

Let’s make it regal

Having heard a bit of the opening night broadcast and read some decidedly mixed reviews, I was totally unprepared for the remarkable performance of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena that I attended on December 15 at Chicago Lyric Opera.  Read more »

Snow business

Every year I say I’m not going to another La Bohème because I’ve seen this too many times. And every year I end up going to multiple performances. I always find an excuse. “Oh there’s so-and-so singing and I haven’t heard him in anything but Madama Butterfly and that doesn’t even count because the tenor doesn’t sing at all after the first act …” But today after I won the lotto for yet another Bohème I wondered if I go simply because the opera (and production) is comfort food. At this point in my second career as an opera-queen-with-two-X-chromosomes, La Bohème doesn’t require very active, pins-and-needles listening. It’s like watching an old MGM musical.  Read more »

Coeurs amoureux

La Cieca hears that the opening night of the Met’s 2018-2019 season will be a new production of Samson et Dalila featuring Bryan Hymel and Elina Garanca.

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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.

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B. F. deal

Tenors Bryan Hymel (pictured) and Joseph Calleja redeem otherwise routine Puccini revivals at the Met, says Our Own JJ in the New York Observer.

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Bean counter

Another season opens this weekend, the much-admired series of livestreams from the Bayerische Staatsoper.

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A Faustian bargain

What we have here is the grandest opera never heard.

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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.

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And the 2013 Pubies go to…

One startling upset catches the eye among the many winners (if that is the word) of the 2013 Parterre Box Awards.

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Triple threat

Congratulations to Bryan Hymel (right), winner of the 2013 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera “for his performances in Les Troyens, Robert Le Diable and Rusalka at the Royal Opera House.”

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