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Incomplete mountain pass

Carmen 1It’s been a surprising season in San Francisco: lots of comings and goings, often serendipitous, and what looked on paper to be in the mid-range of “good enough” has instead been, on the whole, deeply satisfying. While next season’s slate of operas and stars prompted one local critic to pen the headline “San Francisco Opera announces end of reviewer’s interest in art form,” the summer season still promises some thrills.  Read more »

The chopping block?

Chopping block“After five flops in a row, Mr. McVicar continues to win new assignments from the Met: in the 2017-2018 season alone, he’s booked for Bellini’s Norma and Puccini’s Tosca, with Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur down the line.” [Observer]

(Mighty real)

A problem with scheduling an opera-intensive trip is that you don’t always hear and see the shows in optimum order. Ideally, a binge of opera should be programmed as carefully as a concert: something light to start, alternating demanding and less-demanding works, a big whopper of a show next to close, and then, you know, something encore-y to wind up. Read more »

Deadline

Bühne nights

Your doyenne and her faithful confidante Dawn Fatale are off later this week for a safari, seeking the wild Regie in its natural habitat.

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Lady Bracknell

Delicate exotic fruit

“The description I read of this Boris, which I have not seen…”

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A tsar is torn

In Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, all the Russian people starve and suffer, but none has suffering like the mental agonies of Tsar Boris.

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fidelio

God! what darkness dense!

The opening of Calixto Bieto‘s production of Fidelio at the English National Opera provides yet one more opportunity for the fraternity of British critics to flaunt their credentials as a passel of overeducated prats.

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Fidelio

Von Kopf bis Fuss

La Cieca is happy to present the following readymade blind item.

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Camino unreal?

Peter Gelb says Calixto Bieito will direct at the Met.

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"It's obvious you're not a woman."

O Engländer! Seid ihr nicht Toren…

As she herself points out, Zerbinetta is perhaps the first woman besides “the inimitable Heather MacDonald” to write a serious critique of Calixto Bieito‘s production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail.

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