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Cher Public

  • grimoaldo: Oh, dear. This again. What needs to be explained to modern audiences is that Gilbert was not... 11:56 AM
  • armerjacquino: Meanwhile, while Archibald was playing Adele, Gilmore was singing Ophelie for Minkowski at... 11:50 AM
  • 98rsd: I thought 3 was Moedl… 11:42 AM
  • The_Kid: Being the huge Nilsson fan that I am, I’d probably be partial, but here’s my take on... 11:40 AM
  • kashania: According to Twitter, today’s Bayreuth performance of Tannhäuser has been interrupted due to... 11:39 AM
  • phoenix: If this is the same video as was broadcast from Aix last year online, the rich, warm-toned... 11:33 AM
  • La Cieca: It should be remembered that Archibald got that job because she was readily available for... 11:32 AM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: Indeed I did, and it was fantastic. First and, so far, only time I saw Herlitzius live.... 11:31 AM
  • kashania: It’s the “vision̶ 1; thing we were discussing yesterday. 11:29 AM
  • kashania: Indeed. I’ve only been to Glimmerglass once but driving around the region was as enjoyable... 11:27 AM

The ladies who liaise

stritch_armfeltOur own JJ (not pictured) revisits A Little Night Music, and who should be inhabiting that chateau extravagantly overstaffed but Elaine Stritch? [Capital New York]

Cold cassia files

Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera“Carmen, opera’s favorite bad girl, is sexy, unpredictable and fascinating — everything the Met’s new production of Bizet’s Carmen is not.” [NYP]

Amuse-bouche

Philip Langridge as the Witch in "Hansel and Gretel". Photo:  Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera“It’s no spoiler to reveal that, at the end of Hansel and Gretel, the kids defeat the witch. In the Met’s production of Humperdinck’s fairy-tale opera, the singers of the title roles steal the show, as well.” [NY POST] Read more »

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Last soprano standing

“As for Elektra — one of the most strenuous of opera roles — the Met seemed to have settled for a singer who could survive the ordeal.”  [NY Post]

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Wanting magic

“As the Met chorus raised their voices at the climax of Les Contes d’Hoffmann Thursday night, the tavern setting opened up, revealing … a gray wall. It was a sadly appropriate visual symbol for a glamour-deprived dud of a new production.” [NY Post]

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And I am telling you I am not belting

“Since the 1918 premiere of Puccini’s Il Trittico, only two divas at the Met dared to sing the leading roles in all three of its one-act operas: Renata Scotto, a supreme vocal stylist, and Teresa Stratas, a magnetic singing actress. On Friday, Patricia Racette, who is not quite either of these things, took the plunge.” [NY Post]

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Perfection

Our JJ writes his rave of raves: “If such a thing as perfection in opera is possible, in this House of the Dead, the Met achieves it.” [NY Post]

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From the House of the Gelb

Our Own JJ interviews the Met’s general manager Peter Gelb in today’s New York Post.

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Breakfast

“Beefcake and hamantaschen may seem an odd menu, but in the New York City Opera’s first season in two years, they somehow make a balanced meal.” [NY Post]

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Smokey and the Pundit

Our publisher JJ will grace the airwaves of WNYC this afternoon at 2:00 PM for an appearance on Soundcheck.  The topic is that one on everyone’s mind right now, the renascent New York City Opera.

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