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  • DonCarloFanatic: This Aida production, for all its faults, is far better than the previous one, which was... 10:55 AM
  • Poison Ivy: By the way, I found this. He could barely stand, and his voice sometimes sounds weak and... 10:55 AM
  • tatiana: Ivy, thanks so much for that last paragraph especially–H YSTERICAL! I always enjoy reading... 10:46 AM
  • Clita del Toro: We used to write that word as “çunt.” ; 10:45 AM
  • DeepSouthSenior: I’ve always had a mad crush (theological, that is) on Martin Luther, since, well, all... 10:42 AM
  • manou: I mean “insulting&# 8221;, of course – although “insluting&# 8221; is rather... 10:26 AM
  • DeepSouthSenior: Milady, your “Eva Marie Westbroek was a charmer” gives me an excuse to post a... 10:25 AM
  • Poison Ivy: What’s so frustrating about L.M. is that she has so many vocal gifts that most singers... 10:18 AM
  • Hey Louie: I’ve always preferred to be peed upon by peers. British, of course, since over here I... 10:17 AM
  • Salome Where She Danced: La Cieca is simply talking like a Brit lager lout. 10:15 AM

Teaching moment

“After putting off for a week trying to make some sense of the horrific mess that is the Met’s new Faust, I’m finally just going to give up. There are some disasters that bear writing about as what you might call teaching opportunities: this season’s Don Giovanni, for example, as a cautionary tale about the perils of timid conservatism. But there’s nothing to be learned from this Faust besides, perhaps, ‘never hire Des McAnuff to direct another opera under any circumstances’.” [Musical America]

Comment n’être pas coquette?

Gone (from the Met’s Faust) but not forgotten diva Angela Gheorghiu claims that Jonas Kaufmann has expressed to her his dissatisfaction with Des McAnuff‘s direction—which reportedly included an injunction to the tenor to do as he was told and not to question anything. She adds that Kaufmann has assured her she was right to cancel when she did. Yes, in this interview with Naomi Lewin, the word “fiasco” gets thrown around a lot. [WQXR]

Interrrupted analogy

A press release just received from the Met ends with what feels like a SAT question that didn’t quite make it out of the gate. The background on the company’s impending HD of Faust includes the following tantalizing paragraph: “The traditional setting for Faust is 16th-century Germany, a time when alchemists and philosophers were familiar characters in real life. Des McAnuff’s new Met production places the action in the first half of the 20th century.” Read more »

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Frequent flier

Leave it to those Torontonians to blow the lid off an opera story happening in New York! (Goodness knows the local journalists don’t bother.)

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