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  • Rudolf: Let’s be realistic. The adulation on display is for the singer who once was. And not for the sounds which a 68 year old... 12:17 AM
  • mirywi: Stephanie Blythe also inexplicably ignored. 10:49 PM
  • DerLeiermann: Is english with the ocassional reference to italian/german/fre nch the only acceptable language on parterre? Is there some... 10:09 PM
  • LT: He didn’t complain. He asked what it meant. So, at least for once, quit bitchin’. 10:06 PM
  • DerLeiermann: (Both are correct!) 10:05 PM
  • Camille: Qu’est-ce que ça veut dire, — “beurrrkkk&# 8221;??? Parlez en français, s’il vous plaît!!!!!!! Les... 9:53 PM
  • Rudolf: @ schweigundtanze Well … that’s a surprising statement. :-) 9:49 PM
  • Camille: oh yes, I inherited that recording and it was my introduction to the work and remember a quote from the back of the album;,... 9:49 PM

“My work is done”

John Berry, artistic director of the English National Opera, has announced he intends to step down from his role after 20 years with the Company.

Talking headspace

Our Own JJ (pictured) joins in the debate over the Düsseldorf Tannhäuser with Anne Midgette and John Berry on WQXR’s Conducting Business podcast. Read more »

“Where was Liam Joshua?”

“Anyone looking for orgiastic obscenity in Calixto Bieito‘s production of Carmen at the London Coliseum, will be bitterly disappointed, writes Rupert Christiansen.” [The Telegraph]

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Provocative ad provokes, surprisingly

But not everyone is amused.

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Closet drama

I have a confession to make about Britten’s opera Billy Budd: I don’t like it very much.”

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ENO is enough

The repertory for the upcoming season of the English National Opera (also known as “Peter Gelb‘s shopping list”) boasts the world premiere of a new opera by Philip Glass, The Perfect American, which imagines the last days of Walt Disney.

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Two ghosts

The ENO was filled with ghosts last week. Spectral, possibly illusory figures fleetingly materialized in the Internet chatrooms that provide the setting for much of Nico Muhly’s new opera Two Boys, and brutal boarding school memories came back to troubled life in director Christopher Alden’s dark take on Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 

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Muhly marvelous

A few spoilsport commentators have complained that the clever marketing video for Nico Muhly‘s Two Boys at the English National Opera doesn’t accurately represent the somewhat dark subject matter of the new opera. La Cieca won’t take sides on this matter of vital import, but she will reveal to you, the cher public, that a few moments of the hush-hush score and production of the opera have been leaked on video, and you can sample the piece after the jump.  

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It’s complicated

The ever-alert PR people at the English National Opera (why can’t we have a company like this?) have assembled a “what if?” video to promote Nico Muhly‘s impending Two Boys, and thrown in an admirably scruffy “reality” actor to boot.

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