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Not since the Zodiac Killer…

death of operaMarlis Petersen, in her first shot at the role, is as complete a video Violetta as Rosanna Carteri, Marie McLaughlin or the young Angela Gheorghiu, and as riveting as Teresa Stratas or Anna Netrebko.” [Opera News]

Comparisons are odious

romeo-pattiA colleague’s review of the Met’s Roméo et Juliette has reminded me that one thing that is killing opera is the practice of critics’ comparing the singers they heard last night to dead or retired artists they either remember for their distant youth or else on record decades ago.

And I’m not throwing away my gold!

hamiltonWrites Heidi Waleson, “The new Lyric Opera of Chicago Ring cycle, which began with Das Rheingold on Oct. 1, reads like a reply to the many over-thought conceptual interpretations of recent years, especially the Metropolitan Opera’s giant ‘machine’.”

See, this is why I’ll never be the critic Heidi is. I sat through the Met’s Ring twice, and it never occurred to me that any thought had gone into it at all.