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  • Poison Ivy: I also think the second act makes the characters kind of intolerable. As I said, the sudden... 7:44 PM
  • MontyNostry: I’m so pleased I’m not alone in feeling that Act II of Don G goes badly off –... 7:22 PM
  • Gualtier M: Just a note about the Act II problems in “Don Giovanni” that Poison Ivy astutely... 7:16 PM
  • olliedawg: You speak my mind, Poison Ivy. As much as I don’t want to admit it, I, too, find Act II of... 7:15 PM
  • La Cieca: The correct link is http://www.ustream .tv/channel/978781 8 sorry for the confusion 7:12 PM
  • tinhtraiviet: Thanks for the head-up, but I don’t see any streaming link/button on the linked page,... 6:50 PM
  • CwbyLA: One of my favorite scenes. Gencer and Verrett to die for. 6:30 PM
  • CwbyLA: Oh my god. Those Il mio figlios are bloody amazing. I have never heard anyone give such spine... 6:23 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Well I disagree. I think Don Giovanni’s second act loses a lot of steam. Almost everything... 4:53 PM
  • operaassport: Great review but I must disagree with your first few paragraphs. Giovanni is absolute perfect... 4:40 PM

Where your hard-earned donations to NYCO go, part who knows I’ve lost track

mortier_baker“The New York City Opera, which just reported a $19.9 million deficit in 2008-09, paid Gerard Mortier $400,000 for his stint as part-time general-manager in-waiting.” [Bloomberg News]

Gettin’ Ligeti Wit It

macabreWhen invited to participate in a discourse on artistic standards (hello, internet!), it’s easy — pleasurable, even — for an aesthete to bray about “the fall.” Where are the true heldentenors? Your kingdom for a Callas! (Or a Stratas, or a Rysanek!) And might the public, at long last, deserve a stable of directors who possess the good sense to avoid both the trope-y familiar as well as the ill-advised pathways of, ugh, the modern? Read more »