Cher Public

  • Constantine A. Papas: Luc Bondy, the director of the recent new production of Tosca at the Met, died, at age 67. 3:36 PM
  • Porgy Amor: Opera is like sex – …when it’s bad, it’s awkward, laborious, and full of mistakes; it fails to be what... 3:35 PM
  • Podlesmania: … or you have something like this (that I have previously seen in Parterre, but lovely nevertheless!) httpv:// 3:08 PM
  • lorenzo.venezia: yes, of course. But I was only 16… 3:00 PM
  • antikitschychick: Thanks Ed! I did actually buy both our tickets since they weren’t expensive :-). I totally agree with you that... 2:16 PM
  • manou: Here is Jessica Pratt in the complete Puritani from Firenze: https://www.youtub epZAVZs 1:46 PM
  • -Ed.: So great, antikitschychick! Loved reading about your time at Tosca, which was the favorite opera of the grand lady who introduced me... 1:26 PM
  • dai: armer, I saw Coster in Wales several times in my earliest opera-going days back in the 1967-72 period, and recall her as a pretty... 1:24 PM

Lost soul

Opera Philadelphia offered Verdi’s La traviata on October 9, the day before the composer’s 202nd birthday, with Lisette Oropesa singing “The Lost One”—the meaning of “traviata.”   Read more »

Married to the mobcap

I have an idea (soon to be angrily debunked in the comments section) that Le nozze di Figaro is rarely a source of unalloyed bliss to the chronic operagoer. Read more »

Our retrospection will now be all to the future

La Cieca predicts you will be seeing more of the same old puritans at the Met next season, and she’s not just talking about the ones who slouch around during intermission hissing, “You call that a trill?” But uou will also see six new productions (including a Met premiere of a 21st century work) and the local debut of one of opera’s most controversial stage directors. Read more »