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  • Grane: “Crazy for You” was a big Madonna hit. 11:56 PM
  • basso profundo: Hmmm. Kaufmann could fit the bill in a roundabout way. Currently enjoying a “preview... 11:54 PM
  • EarlyRomantic: The gentleman is definitely Jonas Kaufmann. It has been said he is dating a soprano, a... 11:19 PM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: Sorry, my comment was about the video with AG. 10:59 PM
  • sein wir wieder gut: mein lieber hippolyte… 10:59 PM
  • antikitschychick: Or that AN and her fiancé announced theyd be getting married in St. Petersburg next... 10:56 PM
  • Baritenor: I would imagine that this is in reference to the Kaufman-Madonna hook-up rumors, but can’t... 10:51 PM
  • Lady Abbado: Quanto, from the link you posted…in light of not too distant history, the sweetest part... 10:06 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Maria Jeritza 10:00 PM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: Mariana Nicolesco is 66, not 77. I suppose this was a typo. 9:50 PM

In witch we serve

Countless episodes of Oprah and other programs of that ilk have dwelled on stories of women living in denial about their relationships. Unsurprisingly, many operas also deal with this phenomenon, one I was repeatedly reminded of during Sunday afternoon’s intermittently involving concert performance of Handel’s Alcina at Carnegie Hall starring an unusually intense Joyce DiDonato as a powerful sorceress blinded by her romantic delusions.   Read more »

Whispers and cries

Concert opera performances usually put the singers in front of the orchestra. The Vienna Philharmonic fills the stage with orchestra and puts the singers on raised platforms at either side. The reasoning, perhaps is: We were not at Carnegie Hall to hear superb opera singers bestow their vocalism upon Alban Berg’s Wozzeck; we are there to hear the Wiener Staatsoper’s house band work their magic upon an intricate, spooky, devastating score.   Read more »

Theodora goes wild

Joined by the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, The English Concert concluded the US leg of its current tour at Carnegie Hall Sunday with a complete performance of the darkly moving Theodora, Handel’s penultimate oratorio. The orchestra’s usual immaculate music-making and the 24-member chorus’s radiantly hall-filling singing struggled to mitigate the disappointing unevenness of several of the soloists.   Read more »

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Light my foyer

Each year, Leon Botstein leads the American Symphony Orchestra in a concert opera or two.

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Deliberate cruelty is unforgivable

André Previn‘s A Streetcar Named Desire, with the “People’s Diva” herself in the iconic role of the unstable Blanche DuBois.

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Red sauce

La Cieca has put her little grey cells to work and deduced that Opera Orchestra of New York will present two performances next season…

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“Dark” victories

All La Cieca can say is that so very many of you here shine in diamond splendor, and she only hopes she can stream even a single ray of light into the night of your heart. The results of the “Ian Bostridge” competition are after the jump.

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Glitter and be blind

Which tenor twink was cruising everything in pants in the men’s room at Carnegie Hall tonight? And do you think he will behave thus when he returns to the Met later this season?

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Silvery Moon

The Berlin Philharmonic brought a spooky Halloween treat to New York on Thursday night, just a few days late. They are at Carnegie Hall for a three-night residency, offering the complete Brahms symphonies along with selected earlier works by that ugly duckling of Brahms disciples, Arnold Schoenberg. They are also far from home during Berlin’s anniversary celebrations of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, having taken a prominent role in the celebration twenty years ago. And it was an American – one Leonard Bernstein – who conducted Beethoven’s Ninth at the Wall, famously supplanting the word Freiheit for [...]

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