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  • Camille: Gee, that’s too bad. I do have her Wesendonck Lieder mit Lenny and they are swell. Especially “Im Triebhaus̶... 12:21 AM
  • La Cieca: Bert Lahr did a variation on this line in one of his Broadway shows, not sure which one. The idea was that Bert fell afoul of a... 11:52 PM
  • m. croche: How wrong conventional wisdom is! Sometimes translations need be neither faithful nor beautiful. All they need to be is, erm,... 11:20 PM
  • erricco: the recording does not do justice to the hilarity that Mary Lou creates in her live concerts…..o f course, these numbers... 10:57 PM
  • Camille: What a charming thought. Thank you. 10:46 PM
  • Camille: Are you having a bummer of a summer? Go Brush Up On Your Shakespeare — and see KISS ME KATE IN 3-D at the Museum of Modern... 10:45 PM
  • Camille: luvtennis, ACHTUNG!!! Well, by some strange alchemy, today, while going through a ton of old music and souvenirs and... 10:35 PM
  • antikitschychick: Haha can you tell I was excited?? They sang back to back show-stopping arias for sure, even though they were technically... 9:36 PM

Fou fighter

It is easy to become overly identified with opera—as a cleverer friend of mine once noted: being a sports fan is an interest, but if you like opera, everyone thinks of it as a crippling obsession. Les Troyens doesn’t help matters; “I’m going to a four hour opera,” you tell someone, trying to convey the magnitude of Troyens, but somehow it seems not to hint at the right degree of lunacy, so the next time, you include intermissions and say “I’m going to a five hour opera” and up and up it goes until you admit, between puffs on your gauloise, that everyone was right and you must be tres fou.   Read more »

Ham and ex

Our Own JJ was only semi-amused: “Pagliacci was a solid success, but Cavalleria Rusticana bombed on just about every level.”  Photo by Cory Weaver/ Metropolitan Opera.

Plank your lucky stars

You Wagnerians out there (and you know who you are!) who are so busily either enjoying this season’s Ring cycle (or, perhaps, not so much) maybe be fascinated and/or appalled to hear that the next scheduled appearance of the Met’s production has been canceled, as irrevocably as these things can ever be. What we know, after the jump. Read more »

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Pyramid scheme

Giulio Cesare at the Met proved an evening that added up to much more than the sum of its uneven parts.

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Vil cutlet

True, Joyce DiDonato’s Mary spat out those fighting words in a tangy chest voice, but it was hard to believe she meant them.

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Wigs and weaves

It’s easiest to write reviews when there are soaring triumphs and miserable failures.

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soap hunk: ‘opera shrank my wang!’

The colleague who sent the following item to La Cieca called it “the best opera story of the year,” and your doyenne cannot but agree. It seems that back in 2001 a young actor named Juan Pablo di Pace did a nude scene in David McVicar‘s production of Rigoletto for the Royal Opera. A photograph of a scene from the opera (including the starkers super) has been used since then in the ROH’s advertising of the production. (Meanwhile, Juan Pablo has risen from the ranks of nude walkons to achieve fame and fortune as a star of the BBC Scotland [...]

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