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  • armerjacquino: I’m sure Isolde is not far off too… https://twitter.co m/heldenmommy/stat us/621716511363887 105 12:26 PM
  • kashania: I think this is fair. The rep for which Goerke is now in demand is the relatively small dramatic soprano rep — Elektra,... 12:23 PM
  • armerjacquino: Yep. httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=otyX Re9kxw4 12:16 PM
  • La Cieca: That’s not the Muse, but please feel free to make judgments about the production before you have watched more than five... 12:07 PM
  • kashania: Very well. I probably shouldn’t have said anything considering my foggy memory of the performance. 12:00 PM
  • La Cieca: She sang very flat through the passaggio, which is where the part of Donna Elvira sits a lot of the time. I remember that very... 11:57 AM
  • La Cieca: Oh, get over yourself. Goerke was cast as Brunnhilde for a 2016-2017 revival of the Ring at the Met that was canceled for what... 11:54 AM
  • gustave of montreal: L’ai-je bien descendu ? That drunken Muse looks like a man. (Poor Barbier et Carré what they did to their... 11:53 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 »