Cher Public

  • Camille: I still can’t remember for sure but I am pretty certain I saw that Tosca whilst still a virgin maiden (as the fact that Mr... 12:27 AM
  • Camille: ON THIS DAY I cleaned out my storage locker and finally found the missing half of my beloved and irreplaceable DON CARLOS score!... 12:08 AM
  • Camille: This sounds very good to me, her voice being very well suited to this role and not sounding as if she is just attempting to... 12:02 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: I took one look at the first scene of Das Rheingold televised on SKY turned it off. 11:26 PM
  • Camille: When I lived in L.A. For a few years in the last decade, occasionally I would pick up the Times to try and pay heed to Mr... 11:15 PM
  • Krunoslav: Armer? Does this casting make you, too, feel old as the hills? Francis Poulenc : Dialogues des Carmélites (“Dialogues of... 11:10 PM
  • Camille: My joints creak too much, Jungfer, but one never knows. That’s okay–just include a couple of the cheap beer and... 10:39 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: As long as I can still get up that Hill, I would rather prefer to keep my secret places just that: I... 10:25 PM

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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