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  • RudigerVT: You can be warm and friendly toward employees. But they aren’t your friends. Friends don’t pay to spend time with... 9:22 PM
  • m. croche: To be clear, I agree that “just makeup” is not an argument, but merely hand-waving away the issues. Always a good... 8:50 PM
  • Donna Anna: JIS: My favorite part of the opera, too, and one of my favorites–tu tti gabbati with the house lights up. And JL is in... 8:45 PM
  • armerjacquino: the idea that blackface is “just makeup” To be clear: blackface isn’t in any way ‘just makeup’. It has a... 8:29 PM
  • m. croche: Absent a guarantee of anonymity, I would not presume to guess what a young opera singer of color felt free to say or not say in... 8:23 PM
  • armerjacquino: Who’s saying his decision has been made ‘primarily in the face of ‘political correctness’ ?’... 8:17 PM
  • jackoh: “just as I don’t see why Sher saying ‘blackface is problematic so I won’t use it in my production’ is censorship” I don’t... 8:11 PM
  • Ruxxy: That fabulous steely tone of Llubja’s – she was a wonderful Magda 8:10 PM

Not nobody, not nohow!

“Mr. Luisi won praise replacing Mr. Levine time after time, particularly in a costly version of Wagner’s Ring cycle—though, perhaps in a sign of the situation’s delicacy, the two conductors have never met in person.” [New York Times]

“Less filling”

“Disciplined and intelligent.” “Clean and transparent.” “Fleet and lithe.” Though Fabio Luisi’s Wagner performances draw frequent praise for their tidy professionalism, there’s often an undercurrent of frustration with the Genoese maestro for not wringing a little more blood out of the scores, or putting a personal stamp on them. Frequent work in the house where James Levine reigns has a way of creating invidious distinctions, even when clear vision and tasteful restraint can be welcome virtues.   Read more »

Night and dreams

At the Opernhaus Zürich, the coat check is not optional. A collective hush extends throughout the hall just before the dimming of the lights. And it may be the last opera house in the world where the overwhelming majority of patrons still dress in formal attire; I have never felt like such a slob in my khakis and untucked shirt. Yet the pomp is not without reason; I do not believe there is another opera company in the world that maintains such impressively high musical values while performing in a fairly intimate space with stellar acoustics. Read more »

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Table bodied

Newton’s Third Law of Motion states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

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Macbeth

Hysterical blondeness

Wednesday brought the Met’s “real” season opener, an indelible, indispensable night at the opera: a starry revival of Verdi’s Macbeth crowned by Anna Netrebko’s demented Lady.

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Goodness had everything to do with it

The Met stage was 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.

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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.

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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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