Cher Public

  • SilvestriWoman: Considering the nudity in the show, that makes sense. Still, if the singers were not forewarned, that would be a serious... 12:16 PM
  • phoenix: Looks like RAI cancelled the supposedly to be Haveman Fanciulla broadcast today – it has been taken off their website... 12:13 PM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: Certainly Yoncheva seems to have developed very quickly in recent years. After first hearing her in Handel I’d... 11:58 AM
  • The Poet Lenski: She and Angela Meade are doing a later series of performances. 11:57 AM
  • Bill: Spiderman – The Vienna Opera already has a new production of Trovatore planned for Netrebko this forthcoming season –... 11:47 AM
  • Laura Amorosa: London wins (Yoncheva), New York loses (Rads) 11:45 AM
  • Sempre liberal: LOVE the Shuffle Along image/ad. Nicely done, Cieca! 11:37 AM
  • la vociaccia: I love Yoncheva and don’t know what to make of this. I hope it’s filmed though. 11:26 AM

Screen queen

Devereux 4This season’s Met Donizetti Tudor Trilogy concluded with Roberto Devereux, given its penultimate performance by HD transmission Saturday, April 16. It is good to see these works finally given here; they are too important, too crucial a part of the operatic repertory to have been ignored for as long as they have.  Read more »

The chopping block?

Chopping block“After five flops in a row, Mr. McVicar continues to win new assignments from the Met: in the 2017-2018 season alone, he’s booked for Bellini’s Norma and Puccini’s Tosca, with Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur down the line.” [Observer]

I want your Essex

Devereux 1During its first-ever Roberto Devereux Thursday evening one felt transported back to the Volpe years: four of the Met’s biggest stars shining in an opulent (if occasionally perverse) but reassuringly non-challenging production paid for by Sybil B. Harrington. Unfortunately, Sondra Radvanovsky, Elina Garanca, Matthew Polenzani and Mariusz Kwiecien were consistently undermined by the shockingly aimless conducting of Maurizio Benini, and so the gala premiere turned out to be less than the sum of its impressive parts.  Read more »

kneeling

Sul tuo capo la scure già piomba

David McVicar, on his knee, with… Mariusz Kwiecien during a rehearsal.”

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Maria Stuarda 1

Queen for a D

Friday’s season premiere at the Met of Donizetti’s opera about the doomed Scottish queen proved surprisingly satisfying and a genuine success for Sondra Radvanovsky.

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Meisersinger

Wahn for a day

Die Meistersinger is a bold stroke of programming, in a not particularly exciting way.

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Wozzeck 2

Hell on wheels

Absent from Chicago Lyric Opera’s repertory for 21 years, Alban Berg’s Wozzeck came roaring into town on Sunday afternoon in a stunning new production by Sir David McVicar.

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Trovatore

Man of steel

“This throwback to the golden age of opera—superhuman singing greeted with frenzied ovations—was a function of a perfect storm of excitement.”

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Bolena 1

Don’t axe me why

The Metropolitan Opera’s much vaunted so-called “Tudor Ring” of three royal operas by Donizetti got off to a bumpy start Saturday afternoon with a revival of Anna Bolena that stubbornly refused to cohere either musically or dramatically.

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Hymel Troyens

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.

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