Cher Public

Rock, star

jenufaThe Metropolitan Opera once again provided an opportunity to hear excellent singing with the return of Janácek’s Jenufa, the centerpiece of which was the performance of Karita Mattila as the murderous Kostelnicka. However, this overall success was diminished by a puzzling production by Olivier Tambosi from 2003; its odd set design and slack stage direction provoked more dissatisfying questions than a fully realized reading of the text.  Read more »

Stone cold killer

MattilaThere’s a moment early in the film Volver where Almodovar reveals Carmen Maura, his glamorous star of yesteryear, done up as an unkempt old lady, and though it’s easy to google her and see that she’s doing fine in real life, the transformation is wrenchingly poignant. I thought of it last night at the War Memorial despite Karita Mattila’s failure to look a day older than she ever has, because I recall her Jenufas as if they were yesterday, and yet here we are. Batons have been passed. Die Zeit, die ist ein sonderbar Ding and all that.  Read more »

Neue Urteufelin

Mattila ParsifalSince Waltraud Meier is retiring the role of Kundry as of the 28th of this month, it’s time for another great interpreter of Wagner’s sorceress to emerge. La Cieca nominates Karita Mattila (imagined here in a Stefan Herheim production of Parsifal, because, after all, one can dream!)

Manon Lescaut

Il core vi dono

With February 14th falling on a Sunday, there will be no Valentine’s Day Met performance this year.

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Mattila

From the depths

I was greatly anticipating Karita Mattila’s recital on Friday in Toronto’s Koerner Hall.

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Ariadne

Females on the beach

Karita Mattila is a gift to this planet.

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mehitabel

there s a dance in the old dame yet

Karita Mattila (pictured) sings a little Verdi.

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jenufa

Once Moravian, with feeling

New Yorkers hungry for an appearance by Karita Mattila (absent from the Met this season) will want to take a look at the Bayerische Staatsoper’s live webcast of Jenufa on Saturday afternoon.

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odorama

Scent of mystery

La Cieca has been sniffing around her generally reliable (and fragrant) sources, and she thinks she has pieced together a list of the dozen operas to be featured in the 2013-2014 season of “The Met: Live in HD.”

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Miss Mattila is ageless

La Cieca has managed to nab a few moments of video of tonight’s performance of Vec Makropulos from San Francisco, proving that Karita Mattila is indeed today’s ideal interpreter of the role of Emilia Marty. [Video]

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