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  • Feldmarschallin: They were even better now in July than in Dec/Jan. They already filmed last Friday and again... 6:31 AM
  • Lohengrin: http://www.arte.tv /guide/de/053715-0 01/verdi-la-forza- del-destino?autopl ay=1 Available for 7... 6:21 AM
  • Cicciabella: Bora + Bora = Borras 6:09 AM
  • Cicciabella: Meli is an excellent bel canto tenor. Here’s hoping he can conquer Manrico. It will be... 6:06 AM
  • oedipe: OK, OK. But then: Bora x Bora = Bora, a clean and simple solution; whereas Bora + Bora = Boras?... 6:05 AM
  • Cicciabella: Well, that’s a relief. I love Domingo’s Spanish-accent Lohengrin with Studer (was... 5:41 AM
  • redbear: Warning: Rant! Since Tosca was mentioned, Luc Bondy’s Tosca was not a failure. What was a... 5:31 AM
  • manou: Bora square stays Bora – 1×1=1… Of course there is always Borat. 5:19 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Nachts im Mozart-Opernmuseum : Mit Sven-Eric Bechtolfs Inszenierung von Mozarts “Don... 5:10 AM
  • oedipe: Cicciabella, let me reassure you about this one casting option: they are NOT hinting at Domingo. 5:05 AM

And the 2013 Pubies go to…

One startling upset catches the eye among the many winners (if that is the word) of the 2013 Parterre Box Awards. Read more »

Why, oh why?

“Alden Drops the Ballo: His Milquetoast Take on Verdi’s Classic Fizzles at the Met” [New York Observer]

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“Last week’s freak nor’easter set the tone for Thursday’s chilly new production of Un Ballo in Maschera at the Met…. Sadly, [David Alden's] Ballo feels more like a pitch meeting than a production. There’s an avalanche of ideas, but none of them are developed.” [New York Post]

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The man in the ironic mask

The realization of the opera Un ballo in maschera by Verdi and the librettist Antonio Somma is almost as famous as the opera itself.

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The man behind the mask

Recently your doyenne engaged in an email-based interview with David Alden, director of the Met’s new production of Un ballo in maschera, opening on Thursday.

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I had a dream

And in this dream, WQXR’s Operavore was hosting an exclusive season preview for the Met at the charming downtown Greene Space.

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Medium and rare

“Considering one of the season’s star singers is a plus-size female impersonator, opera this fall is anything but a drag.”

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Closet drama

I have a confession to make about Britten’s opera Billy Budd: I don’t like it very much.”

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Don’t drop the Regie

Our most recent Regie quiz yielded lots of guesses from the cher public, many of them very clever indeed.

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