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  • NPW-Paris: Who was it who said “Logic has little to do with the opera world”? 5:49 PM
  • NPW-Paris: Voilà : “I always thought the secret of that rare event, an exciting evening at the opera, lay in everything, for once,... 5:35 PM
  • Camille: Logic has little to do with the opera world. Ms Kurzak stated in her interview she learned the role in a matter of weeks, and... 5:34 PM
  • NPW-Paris: I don’t remember being bored with it in Paris. Of course, at my age I don’t remember much at all. I’ll go and... 5:34 PM
  • Camille: La Juive is “boring̶ 1; to us these days as it is a style of French academicism which we don’t hear all that much... 5:24 PM
  • tiger1: Well, in that case it was good for Ms Kurzak that the opportunity arose. 5:17 PM
  • Camille: Much as I am sorry to say, afraid that m. croche’s gotcha is entirely àpropos. High-flown literary metaphor and allusion... 4:58 PM
  • chicagoing: “MattilaR 30;performed with extraordinary gusto and commitment, engaged in every phrase of her music…” ; 4:44 PM

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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