Cher Public

  • Camille: Merci bien, mon ami L’oseau lyre! Yes, I auditioned this version as well but decided to go for the one more close in time... 10:25 PM
  • Gualtier M: As for the fusty English translation – I have a suspicion that they used an old, out of copyright translation from the... 10:15 PM
  • Henry Holland: I went to my first opera in 1988, LP’s were still the only way to get a lot of opera recordings as they hadn’t... 10:06 PM
  • skoc211: What a lovely story. I grew up in a stiflingly conservative Catholic family, but the one godsend was that my grandmother was a... 9:49 PM
  • DeepSouthSenior: Last month, Mrs. DSS and I took a preacher friend and his wife to their first opera – The Live in HD Summer Encore... 9:20 PM
  • Camille: ‘Twould be a SCANDALE if she didn’t ever do the Duchess of K.— She’d mop the floor with all them other fools on... 8:48 PM
  • Camille: What? All this sex and bustiers and Der ZeeWoolfe mentions neither the Turandot or the Liù? What’s up? Edit? Nary a... 8:42 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: At least this is fun to watch: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=RczD Mrh8cSU 8:31 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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