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  • NPW-Paris: I remember some people here said they’d seen good productions of Il Trovatore, but I don’t think I have, except... 8:08 AM
  • NPW-Paris: I’ll be there on Monday night. I’ll write it up, of course, as usual. I’ve been told the production is boring. 8:06 AM
  • Rowna: Was new to me. Thanks for the link to Nebs aria. Dark on the bottom, thinned out beautifully on top, plus astounding physicality in... 6:31 AM
  • armerjacquino: Sigh. And once again, the daily OT thread, RIGHT UNDER THIS ONE, wonders what it did wrong. 6:01 AM
  • NPW-Paris: My apologies if this is a “repeat̶ 1; : http://www.concert classic.com/video/ le-trouvere-de-ver di-la-bastille-... 4:45 AM
  • la vociaccia: It’s a great voice no doubt but a bit too cloudy in the vowels (especially the the French) for me to invite... 3:24 AM
  • la vociaccia: It’s not a massively complex or uncommon phenomenon; she produces her current sound by driving her voice at full force... 3:16 AM
  • Tamerlano: Angie was a fucking pig. My god, she just tore those arias to shreds…jerky tempo changes and overly precious... 2:39 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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