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Cher Public

  • "Yeeeeks! I forgot the Bolshoi Opera (my favorite) in Moscow – guess I assumed..." - phoenix
  • "The ideas in this article are fine – but there are other cities in nations..." - phoenix
  • "98rsd, Sure they might like some bits, laugh at some comic opera scene, find some..." - gironabalie
  • "I disagree: if people can sit through something as stultifyingly dull as baseball,..." - 98rsd
  • "I don’t think the point was that everyone will like it, more that no one..." - mercadante
  • "La Cieca, 7. Never, never forget that opera is for everybody. Call me elitist if..." - gironabalie
  • "By the way, is OONY dead? From its website, it certainly looks, at the very..." - almavivante
  • "I must say the photo shop on this post is FABULOUS! Jochanaan looks as if he died of..." - laddie

Free Anna

Bel canto fanciers, diva fanatics and freebie queens alike will be delighted to hear that the Met is offering 2,500 gratis tickets to the September 22 open dress rehearsal of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, starring Anna Netrebko in the title role. Read more »

Face time

traviataAs we look forward to New Year’s Eve and to the gala opening of Willy Decker’s La Traviata at the Met, it seems fitting to look back—by way of the official, live, DVD recording of the production’s sensational world premiere at the Salzburg Festival in 2005—to get some sense of what’s behind all the hype. Released in 2005 by Deutsche Grammophon, this recording promises an exciting evening for the Met’s audience on December 31st, but also raises the question of whether the New York premiere will live up to the high expectations set in Salzburg.

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