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  • Orlando Furioso: The lists of birthday celebrants are usually too disparate to imagine joining together, but today, for some reason, I... 12:06 PM
  • La Cieca: That Peter Gelb has amazing power, preventing your Facebook friend from being hired anywhere in the world except San Juan. 11:30 AM
  • La Cieca: Konwitschny notwithstanding, cutting the Traviata sung dances is very tough musically. The end of the opening chorus sets up a... 11:13 AM
  • Camille: Thanks very, very much for the calendar for the Boston music scene, which I will now bookmark and keep track of — had I... 10:42 AM
  • DonCarloFanatic: Now I confess that early in my opera appreciation days I found the flower song in Carmen completely boring. I... 10:05 AM
  • aulus agerius: I’d go to that in a heartbeat. But you’d really have to stay awake and pay attention – no texting! 9:58 AM
  • zinka: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=wQRp 1Q-iy3A Here I go again….When I find them..I go nuts..Note the slight “glottal... 9:28 AM
  • armerjacquino: The Konwitschny production I saw at ENO cuts the ballet. It’s an option. 8:39 AM

Behind the red curtain

It was indeed a curious sensation  making a late morning trek to East 59th Street, a block devoted to showro0ms for bizarre upscale furniture and lighting fixtures, and then to enter a boutique cinema specializing in Hindi films (the big coming attraction right now is Desi Boyz) — and all this before sitting down in an auditiorium half- full of retirees to see a live performance of Don Giovanni from La Scala. That it worked as a Mozart experience I think can be chalked up to two factors: Robert Carsen‘s production and the constantly improving (if still imperfect) HD technology.  Read more »