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  • Regina delle fate: Opolesa even ;) 6:15 AM
  • Regina delle fate: Or should that be Krisette Olopesa? 6:14 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Perhaps he will sing all seven but sometimes he does give so much I think he might need a... 6:13 AM
  • Regina delle fate: The singer who has in fact been shown the door at the Met is Listine Oropais. 6:13 AM
  • Regina delle fate: Call me a cynic but the idea of “serenità 221; reigning ANYWHERE ANY TIME around... 6:10 AM
  • Regina delle fate: Why would Jonas cancel? He sang the whole run in London as far as I’m aware. 6:08 AM
  • Regina delle fate: The Covent Garden one could be fixed by jettisoning the tired old “museum-c... 6:03 AM
  • Regina delle fate: It surely can’t be worse that the two productions it replaces, seen in Milan and... 6:01 AM
  • Regina delle fate: Bill is the doyen round here, but I loved many of the same Susannas, though I don’t... 5:58 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Well Rome isn’t exactly an opera capital is it? The Italian houses are not what they... 5:54 AM

Red queen

Joyce DiDonato is taking her Mary Stuart on the road, so to speak. She’ll sing it in London, Berlin, and Barcelona. She’ll be working with Patrice Caurier as director. For those who want an idea of what to expect, the Met has now released on DVD last season’s production of Maria Stuarda.  It’ll be interesting to see how DiDonato’s portrayal changes and grows with different directors and increased familiarity with the role. I’m also curious to see how she’s received in this role abroad. Read more »

The Met: What is to be done?

Coming as Peter Gelb did from the music industry, opera lovers hoped that he would display a more distinctive knack for casting and an improved talent pipeline than Joe Volpe offered during the waning years of his tenure.   Read more »

No business like snow business

Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin is his masterwork and its themes of social convention and unrequited longing surely struck a deep chord in a composer who, in late 19th century Russia, was gay and had to conduct himself carefully.

I’d like to say a brief requiem for the Metropolitan Opera’s last production, brilliantly designed by Michael Levine and directed by Robert Carsen. Its strong use of color and abstraction brought an easy focus to the unabashed romanticism and melancholy of this work.  Read more »

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Ready, aim…

“Including staff benefits, Gelb says a full-time chorus member at the Met earns an astonishing $300,000 (£180,000) a year, while the players of the Met Orchestra earn more than any orchestra in the US.”

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Metropolitan Opera 2014-2015

Here you are, cher public, details of the Met’s (to be perfectly frank) not particularly spectacular mid-decade season.

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An audience with La Cieca

La Cieca is happy to announce a meet-and-greet gathering for New York City area parterre readers on November 24 starting at 2:30 pm at Symphony Space. The focal event of the afternoon will be a screening of Les Vêpres Siciliennes from the Royal Opera House at 3:00 pm, with socializing (pictured, above) to occur during the intervals and, after the film, adjourning to a neighborhood watering hole TBD.

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Save the date!

La Cieca asks all members of the cher public in the New York City area to pencil in 3:00 pm on Sunday, November 24 as combination meet-and-greet of the parterriani and viewing of the HD film of Les Vêpres siciliennes at Symphony Space.

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Quand viendra l’instant des suprêmes adieux

American tenor Bryan Hymel will make his Met debut, singing the role on December 26, December 29 matinee, January 1, and January 5 matinee (the date of the global HD transmission).

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Wingless victory

Of particular visual interest in last weekend’s Lohengrin (though not perhaps so tantalizing as Jonas Kaufmann‘s aristocratic bare feet, pictured above) is the very obvious change in the staging that was made between the antegenerale (in which Anja Harteros sang Elsa) and the telecast opening night.

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Once in half a lifetime

Then and now: the “Dio ti giocondi, o sposo” duet from Otello.

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