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  • La Cieca: You mean, the whim was to try to do anything at the Met without first running it by Jimmy’s... 9:27 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: I understand your point, but I think the whim was to have accepted the relocation of the... 9:20 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: These days, especially in concerts in huge venues, several celebrated singers have taken... 9:18 PM
  • mercadante: Great selection! There were some very unexpected choices. One of my favorite Mad Scenes, which... 9:12 PM
  • La Cieca: But none of those issues were raised. Levine said “it might affect the woodwind... 8:58 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Furthermore, during the broadcasts and telecasts, with the box in it’s usual... 8:54 PM
  • La Cieca: And all this affects the woodwind balance how exactly? 8:51 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: The MET has tried various configurations of the pit – especially for the Mozart... 8:48 PM
  • La Cieca: “Queeny̶ 1; in this context means “faddish and unthinking,” the sort of... 8:42 PM
  • 98rsd: It may be a cliche, but “queeny̶ 1;? That just seems like a gratuitous insult. 8:39 PM

Ogni Cura

“Ogni Cura si doni al diletto / E s’accorra nel magico petto,” the joke went back in the late ’90s. What wags we were! José Cura, cover boy for this vintage issue of parterre box, is not the main focus of the magazine, though. La Cieca muses on the telecast of Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire, the premiere of the (second) Zeffirelli Traviata at the Met and Christopher Alden‘s take on The Mother of Us All; Indiana Loiterer III covers the first visit of the Duchess of Argyll to BAM; various parterriani dream dreams of recordings; and Dawn Fatale unleashes the seminal rant “The Volpe Era.” [Download Issue #35]

Present prescriptive

Photo: Robert Workman/ENO“Director Christopher Alden destroys everything Strauss’s operetta stands for…. the work’s underbelly may be serious, but on stage ‘bitterness must turn to bliss in sweet forgetfulness’…. Die Fledermaus should be as much an exercise in escapism for us today as it was for its first audience in 1874…. Above all it needs to make us laugh and go out humming its tunes.” [Financial Times]

Plus qu’un peu grise

“To close its season this week, New York City Opera is unleashing hurricane-force gales of laughter…. Périchole isn’t just the jolliest opera in town; for sheer fun, it could hold its own against Broadway’s best.” [New York Post]

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Neuzheli nikto o detiakh ne zabotitsja?!

Russian children’s ombudsman Pavel Astakhov called upon the newly appointed culture minister to check a Russian-British opera production for sex and drug scenes.

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Boy meets ghoul

Now New York City Opera has given us a “Così Fan Tutte” starring the undead.

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Two ghosts

The ENO was filled with ghosts last week. Spectral, possibly illusory figures fleetingly materialized in the Internet chatrooms that provide the setting for much of Nico Muhly’s new opera Two Boys, and brutal boarding school memories came back to troubled life in director Christopher Alden’s dark take on Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 

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