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  • m. croche: The fairly strict, unvarying meter does indeed create a distancing effect – a big step away... 2:48 AM
  • zinka: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=2SZs xTBCzoA ATTENZIONE!!!! Today Anna and Piotr called La Cieca and... 2:18 AM
  • La Cieca: I may be wrong about this as I have no Hungarian at all, but the use of this meter with its... 2:10 AM
  • zinka: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=mn0T fE1Hewc O must be losing it!!! Here I am thinking of... 1:57 AM
  • Bill: Marika Oszvald – sorry for incorrect spelling above. I met her a couple of years ago after a... 12:18 AM
  • Satisfied: Missed the “relevant thread.” And even if so, does it really matter that it was... 12:09 AM
  • Bill: It looks to be Marika Osvold – a legendary Soubrette in Budapest (she was always doing... 11:57 PM
  • m. croche: Ah, well you see the meter of Hiawatha and Bluebeard all have their roots in the ancient... 11:40 PM
  • NPW-Paris: He could have added “strapping&# 8221;. 11:39 PM
  • La Cieca: Now at last you see before you Bluebeard’s Castle. Not a gay place like your father’s. Where all... 11:29 PM

“Oh how I sympathize with King Canute!”

Norman Lebrecht, who seems now to have no goal in life beyond actively impeding the progress of classical music—and why not: look how cruelly the industry has treated him!—has published a “review” from a “critic” who walked out of a three-act opera after the first act.

Sticks and stones

Here’s a story in which practically nobody in authority comes off well. Daniel Harding conducts a concert at La Scala that includes a selection from Tristan und Isolde, about which the Corriere della Sera‘s venerable critic Paolo Isotta snipes “Harding’s conducting was so soft it made you think he wanted to back the unfounded theory that Wagner was homosexual.” So then La Scala’s GM Stéphane Lissner kicks Isotta off the press list for the company: he can still review Scala events but will have to pay for his own ticket. [The Telegraph]

Her bark and her bite

Anna Bolena… opened at the Metropolitan Opera on Monday in a new production featuring Anna Netrebko and two handsome Irish wolfhounds who helped us get through one very tedious scene.” (Bloomberg News, Manuela Hoelterhoff) Read more »