Cher Public

  • RosinaLeckermaul: I was also there last night. O’Hara was indeed superb. I’ve never been a Purcell fan and have sat through... 3:21 PM
  • messa di voce: They used to say there was a whole industry in Hollywood built around films planned for Julia Roberts that she decided not... 3:18 PM
  • FragendeFrau82: So sorry this was two nights only. I was hoping to maybe toss my Otello ticket next Friday when I’m in NYC for... 3:14 PM
  • La Cieca: It was Anna somewhere in the dim mists of the five year plan. Anna’s real cheduled repertoire for the Met in the fall of... 3:13 PM
  • messa di voce: I think it actually went Netrebko to Kovalevskaya (who bombed in the last revival of the old production and hasn’t been... 3:11 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Nope, way back in 2008 they sang La Traviata together at the ROH. httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=mw2z TGV2-AU 3:05 PM
  • decotodd: No, not their first pairing; Netrebko and Kaufmann sang TRAVIATA together a few seasons back. Covent Garden I think. 3:05 PM
  • Satisfied: Also, and someone please correct me if I’m wrong, but this would be the first Kauffman/Netrebko pairing, correct? Which... 2:58 PM

Don’t axe me why

Conceived to showcase homegrown star soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, the Metropolitan Opera’s much vaunted so-called “Tudor Ring” of three royal operas by Donizetti got off to a bumpy start Saturday afternoon with a revival of Anna Bolena that stubbornly refused to cohere either musically or dramatically.   Read more »

The devil is in the details

Certain operas are better in theory than practice. Boito’s Mefistofele has some undoubtedly fine tunes, and is perhaps neck-and-neck with Boris Godunov as a top bass star vehicle. But as an opera, it only works in fits and starts. For one, the fidelity to Goethe’s Faust gives the libretto a rather episodic, detached feel.

Gounod’s Faust might be a lot cheesier but it’s also more tightly focused and thus better theater. Boito’s opera has some some stunning choral work in the Prologue and Epilogue, a famous tune in Margherita’s lament “La altra notte” and an extremely enjoyable “Walpurgis Nacht” act but also a lot of filler. It’s not a long opera but it feels endless.   Read more »

Ufa the top

Here’s the winners of the Ildar Abdrazkov Quiz, Bluebeard and Krunoslav!   Read more »

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Ildar pursuit

Our good friends (and advertisers) at Maestro Artist Management have been wondering just how much you, the cher public, know about Ildar Abdrazakov.

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Gazing into the future

When she has sung her songs

Given Anna Netrebko‘s continuing success at the Met in Macbeth (as evidenced by an mid-scene “brava” in last night’s Sirius broadcast), it’s time to think about the future—specifically her local assignments for next season.

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Leather underground

Putting in a little face time (and what faces!) at Charles Castronovo‘s cabaret at 54 Below last night were barihunk trifecta Erwin Schrott, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ildar Abdrazakov.

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