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  • danpatter: If memory serves, her mother insisted she was born one day previous to that listed on her birth certificate. So not a huge... 6:02 PM
  • armerjacquino: And Alex Kelly, who doesn’t have the technique of an opera singer but is the only Cunegonde I’ve ever heard... 5:58 PM
  • armerjacquino: It doesn’t bother me in the slightest what you think, you’re a stranger. That’s quite a solipsistic... 4:53 PM
  • aulus agerius: Today I’m watching the YT of Perfect American and my response is similar – just a lot of talking over subdued... 4:51 PM
  • grimoaldo: I know it bothers you that I don’t like musicals, you will just have to go ahead and think badly of me, I don’t... 4:49 PM
  • aulus agerius: It’s the narrator in Candide that caused me to walk out last time. The time before that I enjoyed it – which... 4:47 PM
  • armerjacquino: Well, there you go. If a few mics mean you can dismiss a whole genre (complete with dismissive quote marks round the word... 4:38 PM
  • Krunoslav: I am aware that many divas back then changed their birth years ( Albanese, Kirsten, Steber, Verrett) and am aware of the... 4:33 PM

Thank you for smoking

I’ve found myself at a number of Carmen productions over the last 18 months (a Jonas Kaufmann-less Saturday matinee at the Met last spring, a Wolf Trap young artist production, and, most recently, a minimal chorus-less outing in Atlantic City which turned on an affair between Carmen and Micaela), and besides putting me over the annual advisable quota for any particular warhorse, it has given me some time to ponder the current state of the Carmen enterprise.   Read more »

Pretty perfect

“In a winter rich with splashy debuts, Friday’s performance of Le Comte Ory introduced a 27-year-old South African charmer who may well be the Met’s next big star. She’s Pretty Yende, and that first name fits her to a tee, what with her willowy figure, megawatt smile and—most of all—ravishing light soprano.” [New York Post]

He, Avgust! Bringt mir unser Sänger her!

Avgust Amonov will make his Met debut in the title role of tomorrow evening’s performance of Verdi’s Otello, replacing Johan Botha, who is ill.

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Dessa!

La Cieca hears that soprano Latonia Moore will make her Metropolitan Opera debut this Saturday afternoon.

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Over the moon

Mariella Devia will augment her already vast bel canto repertoire next year with the role of roles: Bellini’s Norma.

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Fair, game

The Monday, 12th December, Weill Hall recital debut of Signora Chiara Taigi, a strikingly good looking Italian soprano, who had made her American operatic debut this past March, starring as Selika in the OONY production of Meyerbeer’s long-neglected L’Africaine, was something Your Own Camille had looked forward to with a high hopes and a faintly wondering glee, for several months now.  

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A doge’s life

Says the Met press office: “Roberto De Biasio will make his Met debut as Gabriele Adorno in the Thursday, January 20 opening performance of Simon Boccanegra, replacing Ramón Vargas, who is ill. Mr. Vargas is scheduled to sing the remainder of the performances.”

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Carl who?

No programs for last night’s Fanciulla, just someone had worked overtime on the copier to give us a cast list and plot summary. If no delivery for the glossy, fully 3k people there, just slight slip and slide on the Plaza enough to keep me gripping the alpenstock. (A weapon of Individual Destruction, permitted by the Met, if not airlines outside of Chehnya.) 

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“Je suis heureux ici”

“The decades-overdue debut of Sir Simon Rattle at the Met Friday night demonstrated brilliantly just what we’ve been missing: His conducting of Pelléas et Mélisande is the musical pinnacle of the season.” [New York Post]

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Kam der neue Gott gegangen

La Cieca hears that Lance Ryan, scheduled to make his Met debut tonight in Ariadne auf Naxos, is indisposed.  Subbing as Bacchus is Michael Hendrick.

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