Cher Public

  • chicagoing: At the risk of appearing to slight Matthew Polenzanni, who was very enthusiastically recevied by a hometown crowd on Saturday... 3:22 PM
  • Signor Bruschino: Shame Leontyne never sang the role at the met 3:05 PM
  • herbinetta: Soooo tempting. I have tix for the Stemme cycle later this month, but would love to see this. 2:43 PM
  • DeepSouthSenior: Mrs. DS are already making plans for April 2017 trip to Houston Grand Opera (with a side trip to walk on the beach at... 2:08 PM
  • PCally: Price sounds pretty fantastic and unmannered considering this was pretty late in her operatic career. I may even prefer this to... 2:00 PM
  • Betsy_Ann_Bobolink: Well, I think a deliberate attempt was made to lead us astray by referring to the opera as “The Valkyrie,R... 1:58 PM
  • DeepSouthSenior: Well said, phoenix. I don’t know you, but you must be right, ’cause you so often say what I’ve been... 1:40 PM
  • willym: I’m ashamed to say that as a Canadian it was my second choice. 1:28 PM

Winter afternoon’s dream

Netrebko in recitalStandard fare threatened to dominate the final weekend of February at the Met: a routinely-cast revival of Cav & Pag plus two recent productions by the house’s favorite Eyre-head. But then there were also two extraordinary opportunities to indulge in divadienst of the “An(n)a-in-excelsis” genus—Saturday offered another chance, announced only 24 hours earlier, to sample Ana Maria Martinez’s unexpected Butterfly, then Sunday afternoon brought Anna Netrebko’s exceptional, sold-out sui generis all-Russian recital.  Read more »

The recursion of kitsch

Like the double or triple negative (where theoretically pairs of “nots” cancel each other out, but in practice you can’t be so sure) this tidbit of news La Cieca just read has her confused and uncertain. It seems that at a recital in Tulsa last night, Dame Kiri te Kanawa sang as an encore a Jake Heggie setting of Maria Callas‘s final monologue from Terrence McNally‘s Master Class. You know, the one that McNally didn’t actually write but rather collated from some random remarks Callas made in an entirely different emotional context. Read more »