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  • grimoaldo: *bicentenary* of Maria Malibran’s birth 2:00 PM
  • grimoaldo: Vincent Price,rather bizarrely cast as Sir Despard Murgatroyd in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore, one in a series of the... 1:50 PM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: I can imagine Marton might have been a trial in the role at that point. There is a complete Forza from the late 70s on... 1:48 PM
  • grimoaldo: Oooh, thanks for the clip from Clari, a real rarity. That is a clip from a witty 2008 production in Zurich which was given as a... 1:43 PM
  • Signor Bruschino: Since Anna brings all of her triumphs to the MET, please LaCieca, tell us what production do you think of Lohengrin they... 1:32 PM
  • erste bratsche: Second part of story: I was back in Vienna a few days later connecting to someplace else and I saw Marton at the same... 1:28 PM
  • erste bratsche: I suffered through only Act One of a live Forza at the Vienna Staatsoper in either 1989 or the early 90s. Eva Marton was... 1:25 PM
  • scifisci: what wonderful news! The clips anna has been posting on instagram have been great teasers. And while it’ll be wonderful to... 1:04 PM

Ed ora come faccio?… Così!


In another one of those ideas that might go brilliant or bonehead, “English National Opera is staging a modern-day version of La bohème in which the lead female character is a heroin user rather than a consumptive.” (Though of course, in reality the situation is hardly either/or.)

Feel the early morning madness

Glenn Close‘s Norma Desmond is back. The actress will reprise her Tony-winning role as a faded silent movie star in London next year in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, the second musical theatre production in the English National Opera’s partnership with the GradeLinnit Company.” [Hollywood Reporter]

“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.

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Talking headspace

Our Own JJ (pictured) joins in the debate over the Düsseldorf Tannhäuser with Anne Midgette and John Berry.

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“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.

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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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