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  • RobNYNY: Susanna is a very long role with one short aria. (Two alternatve short arias that are seldom... 9:27 PM
  • m. croche: Poor woodwinds! First they get distracted from their 12 week vacation by this lockout... 9:27 PM
  • danpatter: What a superb review. It has made me seriously consider buying this set, even though I have... 8:20 PM
  • La Cieca: Here is a link to JJ’s previous writing for the Observer: http://observer.co m/author/james... 8:12 PM
  • Satisfied: Wait, wait, wait…is this news or did I miss something!?! “Regular Column”?? If... 8:03 PM
  • La Cieca: This is as much information as the Met has released on this decision: all I can do is work from the... 8:01 PM
  • rofrano: None of those issues were raised TO YOUR KNOWLEDGE. You’re working with Eyre’s account,... 7:52 PM
  • manou: kash – not to mention any other kind of wind. (Yes, we are staying with the bad taste.... 7:37 PM
  • zzzznombula: MERCI, operacat, for this link!!! Can someone suggest a way to download and save this video? We... 7:24 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Here’s an example of a prompter in the pit without a proper box httpv://www.you... 7:12 PM

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 »

Silvery Moon

German soprano Evelyn Herlitzius in "Tristan und Isolde" in Seville, 2009

The Berlin Philharmonic brought a spooky Halloween treat to New York on Thursday night, just a few days late. They are at Carnegie Hall for a three-night residency, offering the complete Brahms symphonies along with selected earlier works by that ugly duckling of Brahms disciples, Arnold Schoenberg. They are also far from home during Berlin’s anniversary celebrations of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, having taken a prominent role in the celebration twenty years ago. And it was an American – one Leonard Bernstein – who conducted Beethoven’s Ninth at the Wall, famously supplanting the word Freiheit for the word Freude in its finale. For most of last night, it would seem these remembrances were far from their minds.  Read more »