Cher Public

  • decotodd: Yes the audiences at LA Opera are generally younger and more diverse than the HD crowd at my theater, too (Beverly Hills/Century... 7:29 PM
  • fletcher: I go to almost every Met HD broadcast in downtown Los Angeles. I’m always the only one there under 30, usually under 40,... 7:13 PM
  • armerjacquino: The audiences at the Met HDs I’ve been to in London have been largely in their 30s and 40s. 6:46 PM
  • javier: this is great news. 6:21 PM
  • EarlyRomantic: In a separate thread yesterday, I wrote about the Trovatore HD transmission (which I enjoyed and which, by the way, was my... 5:51 PM
  • armerjacquino: That’s a shame about Serjan. I have a live recording of her in the role under Muti and she’s terrific. 5:33 PM
  • parpignol: stumbled into Vienna Macbeth prima this evening, and really appreciated again how great the Trovatore at the Met was last week;... 5:24 PM
  • antikitschychick: Thank you messa di voce :-). Still have to write about Anna Bolena and Turandot. Hope to get it done by tonight.... 4:15 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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