Cher Public

  • Will: The great Galina Ulanova was dancing quite well into her 50th year when she finally retired. 10:31 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: I have the 2-DVD edition of “Der Büchse der Pandora” and just watched the film on Sunday as I... 10:26 PM
  • WindyCityOperaman: I read somewhere that Alexandra Hunt was the nth hour replacement in that one and only going on for Farley, hardly... 10:22 PM
  • Camille: Giselle as interpreted by la grande Alessandra Ferri, who just the other night reincarnated her Juliet for ABT, at age 53! This,... 10:22 PM
  • Krunoslav: “That’s okay as I really don’t care much for those high E things–they sound like hiccups. ” Try Patricia... 10:21 PM
  • PCally: Camille, the Schafer DVD is from Glyndebourne. I also saw the met performances and would concur with the way you interpret the... 10:09 PM
  • Camille: Well I just don’t know. When I think of Lulu, the one who trumps (you will pardon the word) ALL is Louise Brooks. Now, for... 9:59 PM
  • Camille: There’s that fellow Jimmy López, who wrote Bel Canto for Chicago Lyric and of which I’ve not heard a note. Then there... 9:30 PM

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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