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  • Sempre liberal: I must admit, the Robert Greenberg Great Courses talks can help pass the time. The Verdi... 11:37 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: She has the widest vibrato I have ever heard, making the likes of Calleja and Florez... 10:52 PM
  • danpatter: That’s a real find! Thanks for sharing this. I’d never heard her before. 8:18 PM
  • kashania: It’s true. I may have been optimistic there. 6:59 PM
  • mia apulia: like a forgotten bad dream from many years ago, suddenly recalled 5:46 PM
  • armerjacquino: Yep. One note does not a role make, but I can’t see Mattila relishing the idea of... 5:32 PM
  • moi: I can agree somewhere, that Mattila’s acting does not seem as intuitive as it was once… well... 5:31 PM
  • aulus agerius: I doubt if Mattila can produce the high Cs anymore. They were very strained even 8 years ago... 5:23 PM
  • kashania: Yeah, the fourth act of Manon Lescaut was actually very good. I, too, think that Minnie would work.... 5:18 PM
  • littoraldrift: While I generally think Mattila should just steer clear of Italian roles — the Manon... 5:12 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]

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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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