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  • PCally: The best example currently would be the Schenk Rusalka, which is in serious need of a paint job,... 12:35 AM
  • Krunoslav: ‘Jolson’s style has dated terribly, but I don’t know how many performers of his generation... 12:19 AM
  • parpignol: I heard Rysanek sing in this production in 1977; I have no memory of the production at all. . . 12:06 AM
  • Sempre liberal: An advantage of cheap, distant seats: I have never seen a production looking faded or... 11:50 PM
  • Henry Holland: Pelleas et Melisande is a good example for me of the “traditional ” v.... 11:28 PM
  • Fluffy-net: I’d love to see the Kriegenburg production of Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten come to the... 11:24 PM
  • m. croche: If you can’t come up with more than two MET-worthy operas written since 1945, I’d say... 10:24 PM
  • Hippolyte: I’ve been attending the Met regularly for over 30 years more often than not sitting (or... 10:07 PM
  • DonCarloFanatic: Never really cared for him in movies, and obviously not old enough to have seen him live and... 9:59 PM
  • PCally: The Rake’s Progress was staged at La Monnaie and subsequently traveled/was supposed to travel... 9:54 PM


On this day in 1857 Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary was published. Feel free to waltz or to discuss off-topic or general interest subjects, cher public. Read more »

Coffee break

Relax, enjoy a steaming cup of java and celebrate Sunday with a discussion of off-topic and general interest subjects.  For example, did you know that on this day in 1908 conductor and director Herbert von Karajan was born?   Read more »

I kiss your hand, mademoiselle

Enough with the polite formalities, cher public, and on with the weekly discussion of off-topic and general interest subjects. Read more »


“Madame Patti is up there on the stage, Cornelius!”

If you can tear yourself away adrming from the scenery long enough, cher public, now’s the time for conversations on general interest and off-topic subjects.

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opera box


Never mind the décolletage, cher public, but rather discuss off-topic and general interest topics. For starters, take a look at today’s birthday greetings, after the jump.

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Everyone else seems to like it

Don’t hold back, cher public, but join in this week’s discussion of off-topic and general interest subjects.

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Partial View

Partial view

Even if La Cieca can’t see you, cher public, she can hear you as you discuss off-topic and general interest subjects.

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And one for Mahler

Cheer up, cher public, and set yourself to the task of discussing off-topic and general interest subjects.

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Crowded Theatre

Le tout New York

Now that everyone (who is everyone) is here, cher public, proceed with the off-topic and general interest discussion!

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Dovima sono

Even supermodels take a break from enjoying the opera now and again to discuss off-topic and general interest subjects.

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