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  • redbear: Yes. A long life. His Also Sprach was first performed today in 1896. 5:27 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Didn’t he die in 1949? 5:20 AM
  • redbear: s/b 1918 5:19 AM
  • redbear: Today in 1981, Richard Strauss was appointed to head the Vienna State Opear 5:18 AM
  • Chanterelle: Glad to read that audiences were sticking around. The two performances I attended had... 4:48 AM
  • Krunoslav: Surely you are not implying that the success of the WERTHER production wasn’t due chiefly to... 4:47 AM
  • Krunoslav: ” I can think of very few tenors who could have handled Ades’ Caliban with such... 4:42 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Well nobody said that they performances were at the Met. There are still a few other houses... 3:49 AM
  • tiger1: I think I read somewhere that DiDonato will no longer be singing Semiramide, at least not at the Met.... 3:37 AM
  • tiger1: Dear GU, Yes, Desdemona might be terrified and fearing for her life when singing the Ave Maria... 3:29 AM

Second guess

“Correction: August 15, 2013 An earlier version of this post referred incorrectly to the gender of the mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton. Ms. Barton is a woman.” [New York Times]

Durch Mitleid wissend

“An article on Feb. 10 about a new Parsifal at the Metropolitan Opera misstated what happens at the end of a Parsifal performance at Bayreuth. There is applause at the end of the opera, not none at all.” [New York Times]

The shock of the new

“The article also referred imprecisely to offerings in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2012-13 season. While A Streetcar Named Desire, by André Previn, is the only one that was composed in the last 100 years, the company will also present Richard Strauss’s Elektra, which was first performed in 1909. Thus it is not the case that A Streetcar Named Desire is the only opera in the company’s season ‘from the last century’ if ‘the last century’ is taken as a reference to the 20th century.” [New York Times]

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Save the Bess for last

Well, actually, it appears Michael Riedel was misinformed. (Alert the media!) The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess is, in fact, coming to Broadway. [New York Times]

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Right the first time

“In an April 9 story about tenor Juan Diego Florez helping deliver his baby minutes before singing in the Metropolitan Opera production of Le Comte Ory, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the soprano starring in the broadcast was Renee Fleming. The singer was Diana Damrau. Fleming was the host.” [AP]

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Fun with statistics

A correction from the Met press office:  

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