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  • vilbastarda: Thank you, QPF for revealing Boris Goldovsky to me. I had, until now, only tangential knowledge of who he was. What a... 9:57 AM
  • DonCarloFanatic: I also wondered. You’d think after 80 years, they could get the radio transmissions perfect. I got myself a ticket... 9:53 AM
  • vilbastarda: For anybody who is interested, or just curious, this summer’s San Francisco Opera’s Two Women/La Ciociara by... 9:40 AM
  • La Valkyrietta: Wonderful Tannhäuser, it reminded me why I love the Met, but what was that loud unpleasant hiss on the first act that went... 9:32 AM
  • willym: Violetta wore her tiara to bed????? Now that’s regietheater!!!!! 9:27 AM
  • olliedawg: Oops…pressed send too soon. Many thanks to CC for sharing this recording with us. 9:11 AM
  • olliedawg: von Stade & Horne & Blake…I mean, seriously, is this a great cast, or what? Flicka really kicked in the opera... 9:11 AM
  • Cicciabella: Me too. So good to have you back, grim. You deserve twenty trips to Berlin. In December there’s a Messiah at the... 7:38 AM

(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 »

Delicate exotic fruit

“The immediate subject was a Boris Godunov, described to me, in which allegedly Boris could have been Joseph Stalin at his cruelest. This despite the fact that Mussorgsky’s music and the text describe a Czar of almost infinite kindness, consumed by guilt for his means of coming to the throne. The description I read of this Boris, which I have not seen…” [OperaSleuth]


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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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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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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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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A tsar is born

Vot tsar’ vash!” Here is your Tsar, the 38-year-old Ukranian bass Alexander Tsymbalyuk.

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