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  • marshiemarkII: Yes it was Opolais, if I remember correctly it was a concert version somewhere in the east block (maybe Russia?), and I... 11:09 PM
  • Porgy Amor: Thanks for the report, marshie, but are you sure about seeing Opolais in YouTube of Don Carlo? I don’t think she has... 11:04 PM
  • marshiemarkII: Well gurls and assorted Qs, just passing by for a quick visit, but I didn’t want to leave the Qs wondering about how the... 10:53 PM
  • Kenhere: My argument is nothing like that. No blackface is not the sky falling. Mutual understanding and good faith would mark the ideal... 9:37 PM
  • operablogger: Leontyne Price was Aida in my very first opera, a touring production of the Met in the late 1960s when they came to... 9:32 PM
  • SF Guy: Martinez has also replaced Stoyanova in this summer’s Don Carlo in San Francisco with Fabiano, Kwiecien and Pape. 9:09 PM
  • Hippolyte: There is a bus for some but not all events at Bard SummerScape that leaves from near Lincoln Center and drops you off in from... 8:53 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: One of Arroyo’s Met Pinkertons was George Shirley!!! I wonder if he was made to wear whiteface? 8:50 PM

Queen for a D

Some may conjecture that Anna Bolena is a stronger opera than Maria Stuarda and its title role a better fit for Sondra Radvanovsky, but Friday’s season premiere at the Met of Donizetti’s opera about the doomed Scottish queen proved surprisingly satisfying and a genuine success for the American soprano.   Read more »

Wahn for a day

Die Meistersinger is a bold stroke of programming, in a not particularly exciting way. Attrition is practically guaranteed, the title role is endless and unglamorous, and then there is the matter of its noteworthy fandom. San Francisco Opera largely justified its inclusion in its 2015-16 season–the work’s first appearance at the War Morial in nearly fifteen years.   Read more »

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, featuring a uniformly excellent cast of singing actors. Performed without intermission, the production maintained a remarkable pace and kept the tension level high for one hundred minutes, after which the audience burst into an ovation of pent-up emotion.  Read more »

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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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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Crack that Whip!

Ham and ex

Our Own JJ was only semi-amused.

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Plank your lucky stars

The next scheduled appearance of the Met’s Ring production has been canceled, as irrevocably as these things can ever be.

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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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