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  • Milady DeWinter: A trifecta of wonderful singers amongst Streich, Valetti, and Koshetz – thanks for... 10:12 AM
  • kashania: Even if I agreed that Germont’s empathy towards Violetta isn’t supported by his... 10:03 AM
  • kashania: That is one of my favourite moments too. Ciofi’s acts the hell out of the role. Her voice is... 9:33 AM
  • kashania: Kelsey is a noted Rigoletto and the Met’s next revival better feature him and not Plácido Domingo... 9:26 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: PS: That was the New York City Opera Orchestra. 9:22 AM
  • pasavant: Thanks for posting the gbopera review. The reviewer certainly knows about singing ( i.e. he agrees... 9:18 AM
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  • zinka: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=TmkR RJhO8mA NO VOICE ever,in my view, combined beauty of tone and... 8:55 AM
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  • armerjacquino: I especially feel this about the theatre. Critics must think that all plays are slightly... 8:11 AM

“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 »