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  • Rudolf: @ phoenix Rusalka … To me, the Prince is weak. Nothing heroic about him. He succumbs too quickly to the Foreign Princess.... 11:42 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Great review! More to come from you please!!! 11:13 PM
  • le cerf agile: Just an observation on potential prosody in my comment above, and no mockery of AI’s writing was intended! As... 10:54 PM
  • Porgy Amor: Has Serafin performed since her severe injury in December? 10:49 PM
  • le cerf agile: …and the phrase “counterintu itive tessitura” when set to music would probably end up as yet more... 10:37 PM
  • rapt: Has anyone noted here that Racette is replacing Serafin for the upcoming run of Il Tabarro at ROH? 9:31 PM
  • mjmacmtenor: The “aria” (stubby fingers) 9:05 PM
  • mjmacmtenor: Like many I first fell in love with this opera through this artists classic (and frequent) performance of the Rica.... 9:04 PM

Arms and the Menotti

“…it’s not enough that The Consul is an inch-deep trivialization of one of the most momentous and agonizing events of the modern era, Eastern Europe’s (ongoing) struggle against totalitarianism…. Menotti, astonishingly, managed to ratchet up the outrage even further: He wrote an opera ostensibly about the horrors of dehumanization in which the empty characters exist only to be manipulated for his ulterior motives. That’s one hell of a sick irony.” [Seattle Weekly]

O Caftan! My Caftan!

Unconcealed by the voluminous folds of this Jessyesqe muumuu is queen-sized talent Jeffery Roberson (also known as Varla Jean Merman), who will make his New York opera debut later this week, in, modestly enough, The Medium, everyone’s favorite supernatural Menotti Broadway slasher opera. Details for this event— which might have been genetically engineered to appeal to the mind of the average parterrian—follow the jump.   Read more »