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  • armerjacquino: As people have been saying since the dawn of the Internet- RTFB! (the ‘r’ stands for ‘read’ ; the... 4:59 PM
  • mercadante: Maybe Levine isn’t talking because the decision wasn’t 100% his. He may be going a little senile for all we know.... 4:49 PM
  • La Cieca: The Met proved that there is no situation so difficult that it can’t be improved by throwing more than a billion dollars... 4:46 PM
  • Porgy Amor: Bizarre fondness for programming it or for conducting it himself? I believe the 2010-11 performances that included the HD were... 4:41 PM
  • mercadante: It’s the Infante of Spain, the Dauphin was in France 4:39 PM
  • Fluffy-net: Barenboim is an egomaniac, lazy, and totally preoccupied with his own personal well-being and glory. Go ahead hate me! Back to... 4:38 PM
  • Lurker_del_Cairo: There have been numerous instances in the Met’s history of conflict on artistic matters between the General... 4:37 PM
  • armerjacquino: If only… 4:33 PM

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 »

West side, east side

Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera“Broadly speaking, there are two types of New Yorkers: the ones who say ‘I’m going to the Met’ meaning ‘I’m going to see an opera’ and the ones to whom the phrase means ‘I’m finally going to see those Piero della Francescas everyone has been talking about.’  Recently, though, opera showed up at both Mets, the Metropolitan Opera and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.” [New York Observer]

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 »