Cher Public

  • JohninSeattle: “but 20 years ago (which, yes is basically a generation ago, I know), the Met was at 92% capacity” THIS. And... 4:20 PM
  • Cicciabella: Krunoslav jests, but he’s onto something. Maybe this is mentioned in the the NY article (haven’t read it: saw... 4:13 PM
  • RosinaLeckermaul: The old Met season began in November. I think the Met management is having a difficult time predicting ticket sales.... 4:10 PM
  • Signor Bruschino: Agreed that budgeting realistically is what is needed- but I’m really asking this is the most non-sarcastic way... 3:48 PM
  • la vociaccia: Is Lyon State-funded? You can’t really ‘ignore the old’ in the U.S, since all major companies (truly, all... 3:41 PM
  • JohninSeattle: 66% is a scary indeed. Early on I met an elderly gentlemen who worked in the Pantages organization as a young man and was... 3:39 PM
  • redbear: Damn, on my tablet the submit key is too close. Lyon went creative in rep and staging, simply ignoring the old. Average audience... 3:24 PM
  • Gualtier M: None of the solutions outlined in the NY Times article make much sense to me – except the one about revamping the... 3:22 PM

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 »

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. Fans of the box who might like to meet up with Dawn or little me during our peregrinations are advised to consult the itinerary after the jump. Read more »

Lady Bracknell

Delicate exotic fruit

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

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boris_amazon

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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pigs_fly

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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boris_munich

Just a little touch of tsar quality

The gripping Calixto Bieito/Kent Nagano production of Boris Godunov from the Bayerische Staatsoper—with authoritative Alexander Tsymbalyuk in the title role…

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