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  • steveac10: I can’t but admire Peters’ upper extension, but she has always left me cold... 11:58 PM
  • Sanford: I will say this about the Peters Una Voce Poco Fa. It is a very well sung example of a type I find... 11:41 PM
  • m. croche: Never attribute to oddity what can be explained by laziness. http://www.youtube .com/watch?v=xh... 11:35 PM
  • rossifigaro: certainly enjoyed the pag far more than the cav. did the cav really have to be sooo bleak.... 11:22 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: L’enfant prodigue is certainly NOT forgotten. It’s required listening for... 10:59 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: CORRECTION: The libretto of Debussy’s L’enfant prodigue was NOT by his dear... 10:51 PM
  • Ilka Saro: For those who wonder where the expression “overcadenze rized” came from… 10:07 PM
  • Sanford: I went to a Bat Mitzvah in Hollywood many years ago and because my cousin and her husband were in... 9:44 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: I mean I WOULD be surprised if he stays away from the stage! 9:26 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: During the endless post-performance presentations (what drug was Jürgen Flimm... 9:25 PM

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]

Provocative ad provokes, surprisingly

“But not everyone is amused. On Twitter, SarahDuggers asked: ‘Is it really po-faced and prudish to find these billboards really vulgar and not very nice?’ …. Vivienne Pattison, director of Mediawatch-UK, said the ad was clever in itself but contributed to the hyper-sexualisation of society.” [Evening Standard]

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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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