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  • mjmacmtenor: And although Mistress Ford is not a showy role vocally, it is NO easy sing (especially in the... 3:09 PM
  • mjmacmtenor: Sorry for the assumption. “Stimm” ; refers to voice and musicality. Beautiful voice,... 3:06 PM
  • manou: Fidelia, I was going to let that one go as I could not find an elegant way of putting it – and... 3:04 PM
  • Straussmonster: short version: stimm=voice=the quality of the instrument itself, a beautiful voice, and the... 2:58 PM
  • PCally: I know a lot of people love early Verdi but it feels like Ernani, not even the best early Verdi IMO,... 2:53 PM
  • Fidelia: Unfortunately the number of parts wasn’t sheared. ;-) 2:46 PM
  • semira mide: Are you kidding? I’ve not visited the site. I wonder if he does? 2:45 PM
  • semira mide: Interesting review and justifies my decision on sitting out Ernani this season. I love the opera... 2:42 PM
  • Fidelia: Happy birthday, Ivy, and warm wishes for the year to come. 2:31 PM
  • m. croche: Today is the 82nd birthday of the Yueju (Shaoxing opera) star Yuan Xuefen. A leading figure in the... 2:09 PM

Top hatters

When Mike Nichols was honored at the Kennedy Center, Elaine May said of his work: “Mike has chosen to do things that are really meaningful, and that have real impact, and real relevance, but he makes them so entertaining and exciting that they’re as much fun as if they were trash.” Christopher Alden has pulled the same bit of trickery at the San Francisco Opera with a production of Handel’s Partenope that is so erudite and theatrically audacious and also such a rollicking ride, it’s hard to believe it isn’t crap.   Read more »

The beautiful rooms are empty

It appears that Mariame Clément’s conception of Don Pasquale is that the opera should be retitled Malatesta. During the overture a man is seen slinking in and out of three revolving rooms—Pasquale’s room, Ernesto’s room, and Norina’s apartment. Dr. Malatesta (Nikolay Borchev) is some vaguely sinister Casanova type who maliciously manipulates Don Pasquale (Alessandro Corbelli).   Read more »

West side, east side

Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera“Broadly speaking, there are two types of New Yorkers: the ones who say ‘I’m going to the Met’ meaning ‘I’m going to see an opera’ and the ones to whom the phrase means ‘I’m finally going to see those Piero della Francescas everyone has been talking about.’  Recently, though, opera showed up at both Mets, the Metropolitan Opera and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.” [New York Observer]

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Danielle fires back

The leading lady of the Bayerische Staatsoper’s production of La Calisto has taken to the Twitters to respond to the recent discussion of her comments about Miley Cyrus.

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And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you

Alluring soprano star Danielle de Niese, wife of Glyndebourne Opera boss Gus Christie, had that sinking feeling when she arrived for a performance at the Arts Club in Mayfair—and discovered her glamorous gowns were missing!

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Lady of the house

How’s about a little light summer chat Tuesday afternoon starting at 2:15 EDT, when parterre fave Danielle de Niese headlines Don Pasquale, webcast live from the Glyndebourne Festival?

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Driving Miss Dessay

Always front and center with a vote of confidence, Peter Gelb told the New York Times, “Natalie is one of the great artists, but she also is somewhat fragile.”

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Nile, be seeing you

Danielle de Niese will sing the role of Cleopatra in this evening’s performance of Handel’s Giulio Cesare, replacing Natalie Dessay, who is ill.”

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Our retrospection will now be all to the future

La Cieca predicts you won’t be seeing any puritans at the Met next season, except of course for the ones who slouch around during intermission hissing, “You call that a trill?”

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How tweet the sound

“I will be on #Broadway again!”

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