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  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Sweetie darling: have you ever BEEN on a baseball field? There is a reason why... 8:54 AM
  • Krunoslav: ‘MontyNostry says: Ciccia — her Alcina in London was uncomfortably on the sharp side... 8:53 AM
  • arepo: Yep. This one was a no-brainer … er … no-seer. Her Nebs for sure. 8:44 AM
  • messa di voce: Blind items this season = Iolanta 8:40 AM
  • La marquise de Merteuil: AN? 8:33 AM
  • MontyNostry: Ciccia – her Alcina in London was uncomfortably on the sharp side for much of the evening,... 8:26 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: High heels are NEVER inappropriate for a Diva. Never. She just needs to learn how to walk in... 8:21 AM
  • Jamie01: My favorite part is that they invited her to sing at Game 6, but she was scheduled to give a master... 7:47 AM
  • Cicciabella: Basso, have you ever attended a live DiDonato concert? And did she sing consistently off pitch?... 7:02 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: She could still sing die alte Gräfin in Pique Dame. 6:35 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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