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  • NPW-Paris: He could have thrown in Leyla Gencer for good luck. 5:45 PM
  • Salome Where She Danced: She could also do Blanche du Bois, in the original version of “A Streetcar... 5:44 PM
  • Harold: Maybe I’m missing something, but I see it as a good thing. I entered ticket lottery several... 5:38 PM
  • La Cieca: I’m sorry, but the droning buzz of your whine put me to sleep. 5:02 PM
  • tatiana: Well at least we still get to read you on Parterre, Ivy. Like the others, I’ll miss your blog,... 4:48 PM
  • peter: Ivy, I loved reading your blog as I am a ballet fan as well as an opera fan. I love the informal style... 4:42 PM
  • Sanford: Or the part where seniors were necessarily computer illiterate. 4:42 PM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: I missed the part where the Rush tickets program was targeted to senior citizens. 4:28 PM
  • Gualtier M: Ivy certain bloggers are vain, narcissistic and self-serving – others are not. Reconsider.... 4:28 PM
  • Mitridate: I’m not on Met’s payroll and don’t need to devise plans for them, especially not... 4:24 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 »