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  • liza: Speaking of technology…I apologize for writing via I-Phone where editing is impossible. Among my... 11:43 AM
  • arepo: A prediction: I believe that many dissenters will buy tickets to the normally light ticket sell due... 11:42 AM
  • Poison Ivy: Beverly Sills’ “BeverlyR 21; is certainly not boring. Now whether you’ll... 11:40 AM
  • peter: Unfortunately, I think European anti-Semitism is more than just anecdotal: http://www.nyti... 11:29 AM
  • La Cieca: Maybe a rocket scientist would realize that anecdotes reported by your (like-minded)... 11:21 AM
  • liza: Very relevant! More to consider and discuss. 11:14 AM
  • La marquise de Merteuil: Me three! 11:10 AM
  • Hans Lick: Interesting. I note (but perhaps these notes are not relevant?): 1. When Auber and Scribe wrote... 11:07 AM
  • DellaCasaFan: Actually, manou, after replying to ML, this crossed my mind as well. Perhaps subconsciously I... 11:05 AM
  • 98rsd: operaassport: “Much of Europe’s pro-Palestinian feeling is thinly veiled anti-Semitism.R 21;... 11:04 AM

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 »