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  • Buster: Thanks for the recommendation, Evenhanded. Will definitely listen to it:. http://www.voix... 12:45 AM
  • Krunoslav: “Valente was better than Cotrubas?” As Ilia, much. For one thing, she had a purer... 12:26 AM
  • alejandro: http://www.nytimes .com/2015/01/30/ny region/as-diva-is- cheered-protester- climbs-onto-sta... 12:21 AM
  • uwsinnyc: I was there too and enjoyed the evening. I thought the Iolanta production was inoffensive but the... 12:20 AM
  • alejandro: ^thank you. I think my confusion is more over the production. I think it was directed in heavy... 12:18 AM
  • Batty Masetto: Alejandro, if you want a better sense of Bluebeard you couldn’t do much better than the... 12:14 AM
  • alejandro: A friend told me they were protesting Ukraine and not the gay rights thing. My bad. 12:02 AM
  • alejandro: I was there. IOLANTA was marvelous. I am not a Beczala fan but this was amazing singing tonight.... 11:50 PM
  • Constantine A. Papas: JML, Thanks for correcting my misspelling. 11:45 PM
  • bluecabochon: I wouldn’t wait too long. Symphony Space only has seats upstairs, in the front rows,... 11:02 PM

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]

Swedish frisson

“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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