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  • Chanterelle: Thanks for your round-up. Zabout Breitman’s production of DIE ENTFÜRHUNG has been getting... 9:48 AM
  • Gualtier M: Actually Guleghina has a lot of voice but the technique (never perfect) has deteriorated further.... 9:43 AM
  • Krunoslav: Not a patch on Marie Collier! 9:29 AM
  • Clivia: Has Nadja had some work done on her lips? 9:28 AM
  • Gualtier M: Nadja Michael alert. Also Tara Erraught in an ugly costume alert. Perfect Parterre storm… 8:39 AM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: Or the Duchess of Krakenthorp :D No, I like her. She seems like a real bitch lol 8:33 AM
  • WindyCityOperaman: Wow, that LOC Semiramide was from the fall of 1971, not 1977, and this high school junior... 7:45 AM
  • La Cieca: Are there parterriena up for a chat during these performances? If so, I’ll put them on the... 7:43 AM
  • Poison Ivy: Hmm, this is what the NY Classical Review said: http://newyorkclas sicalreview.com... 7:41 AM
  • WindyCityOperaman: and LOCs opening night Porgy and Bess on 11/17 at 7:15 pm (Owens/Aaron/Stare ) 7:34 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 »