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  • La Cieca: Netrebko has already announced she is singing Aida. This “weepy waily” stuff is a... 11:32 AM
  • armerjacquino: We discussed this before, but Aida has agency as a character; she makes her own decisions and... 11:30 AM
  • alejandro: Wow. She sounds delish! My money is tight this season so not sure if I’ll make this but who... 11:21 AM
  • Porgy Amor: and how strong and modern she is That “she” being AN; her view of Leonora was just... 11:17 AM
  • Porgy Amor: But is weepy, wimpy Aida AN’s type of gal? Don’t think so. Well, I don’t think... 11:13 AM
  • Ouf: Karajan’s new staging. Hmm. Odd that the second performance wasn’t until June 12. If true,... 11:06 AM
  • Milady DeWinter: Thanks for that DSS! Sarah Willis is indeed a real joy – I always find her little so... 11:06 AM
  • DeepSouthSenior: The most famous passage from Luther on the gift and value of music: Foreword to Georg... 10:58 AM
  • DonCarloFanatic: This Aida production, for all its faults, is far better than the previous one, which was... 10:55 AM
  • Poison Ivy: By the way, I found this. He could barely stand, and his voice sometimes sounds weak and... 10:55 AM

Hysterical blondeness

With its worrisome labor troubles behind it, the Met really did have something to celebrate this fall at its ultra-swanky Opening Night gala. Unfortunately the Peter Gelb tradition of premiering a new production came a cropper with Le Nozze di Figaro in Sir Richard Eyre’s lackluster ersatz-Spanish 1930s staging. The next night’s Bohème was reportedly a bit of a mess and its erratic soprano has already been replaced. However, Wednesday brought the “real” season opener, an indelible, indispensable night at the opera: a starry revival of Verdi’s Macbeth crowned by Anna Netrebko’s demented Lady.   Read more »

Goodness had everything to do with it

Although Rossini and his librettist Ferretti endeavored to cleanse their Cinderella of all things supernatural—no fairy godmother, no pumpkin transformed into a coach, no glass slipper, the Met stage was still filled with considerable magic Monday night when its dizzily effervescent revival of La Cenerentola starring Joyce DiDonato and Javier Camarena stirred a bewitched audience to some of the most ecstatic ovations heard this season.   Read more »

We’ll settle that tonight!

La Cieca has been wining, dining and otherwise wooing her Met connection (pictured above) and he (or is it she?) has come across with some tidbits about upcoming seasons at Casa Gelb, detailed after the jump. Read more »

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Teen spirit

La Cieca thought it would be amusing to do a bit of speculation about what’s to come as we approach the middle of the decade.

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Out of the cradle endlessly rocking

No, not a Regie quiz—though that feature will return soon enough now that the season is up and running—but rather an image from the new Dmitri Tcherniakov production of Jenufa for the Opernhaus Zürich.

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Kid stuff

Ring mania continues tonight at 9 pm with Siegfried on PBS.

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When you’re good to Fabio

Among conductors on the roster whom Luisi personally invited to be part of his first Zurich season are…

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The maestro trap

Il maestro Fabio Luisi dirige correttamente e talora anche con qualche eleganza; ma sta così male sul podio!

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Successor

Now that the retirement of James Levine is basically just a matter of patiently waiting out 18 months of inaction, it’s about time you, the cher public, were heard on the subject of the appointment of a new music director for the Met. A couple of polls for you after the jump.  

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Das Ende

James Levine will not conduct this spring or in the entire 2012-2013 season, says a press release from the Met.  The most apparent result of this decision is that Fabio Luisi is now officially on the podium for all three of this spring’s Ring cycles.  The complete press release follows the jump.

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