Cher Public

  • Poison Ivy: This is really sweet. I usually find these gala duets to be cheesy but this one worked. 5:58 PM
  • NPW-Paris: Come to think of it, I made a point of visiting NYC and the Met as soon as I could after 9/11, just to show willing. 5:48 PM
  • NPW-Paris: Thank you. I should follow Ms. Bachelot’s tweets, then. Ne manquent que Patrick Sébastien et Eve Ruggieri, apparemment. 5:36 PM
  • manou: Oui /pawff9r 5:31 PM
  • NPW-Paris: Well I hope visiting France isn’t such a bad idea really, as I live here and am hoping we might get back to something... 5:27 PM
  • antikitschychick: Yes significantly less. Spanish and French arent that similar either sadly. I can’t really understand French :-(.... 5:20 PM
  • NPW-Paris: I hope they earn a lot of money for these gigs. 5:03 PM
  • NPW-Paris: Spanish and Arabic perhaps somewhat less! 4:57 PM

Another nun bites the dust

“In the 19 seasons of ‘Bel Canto at Caramoor,’ the annual festival of concert performances at a sylvan country estate in Katonah, N.Y., the artistic mission has remained unchanged. It is rooted in Italian opera of the first half of the 19th century, in the vocally virtuosic bel canto style after which the event is named. And so the sudden and radical departure from that tradition this summer—a leap forward of more than a century to present the Francis Poulenc opera Dialogues des Carmélites—sounded ominous.” [New York Observer]

Something extramarital

Saturday evening conductor Will Crutchfield revived Donizetti’s La Favorite—unheard in New York for fifteen years—as part of his invaluable series “Bel Canto at Caramoor” leading an appealing cast and making a strong case as he had two years ago with Verdi’s Les Vêpres Siciliennes and Don Carlos for returning to the original version.   Read more »

Play your hunch

Bel Canto at Caramoor is something that I’ve always wanted to attend but never have because … well because frankly I’m just too lazy during the summers, and I’m also a big baby about outdoor performances. What if it’s torrential downpour? What if it’s 100 degrees? What if it’s a five hour opera and it sucks and there’s no way of peacing out? What if the cast sucks? I’d rather focus on the three big B’s during the summer: Ballet, Beach, and Big Brother. Read more »

Meade as Lucrezia

The curse of drink

Two operas both alike in dignity, set in dimly lit Renaissance towns ruled by seething, conspiratorial courts.

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Giuseppe and I have always had a complicated relationship.

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Les vêpres de Westchester

The big news from Bel Canto at Caramoor’s presentation of Les Vêpres Siciliennes last Saturday is far from unexpected.

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While you waste these precious hours

It has come to La Cieca’s attention that the New York Opera Calendar is sadly devoid of content until Saturday of this week.

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All boulevards lead to Westchester

“Let’s go up to Westchester!”

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New York has neon, Berlin has bars, but ah! Caramoor!

This summer at Caramoor, Will Crutchfield (not pictured) will conduct two Verdi operas written for the Académie Royale de Musique.

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Thirds and music

Richard Wagner told Cosima he first got the idea of composing an opera about Tristan and Isolde while he was conducting Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi starring his muse, Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient, in the trouser role of Romeo.

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