Cher Public

  • Camille: Hier, nimm du, Balsam… httpv:// m/watch?v=RaNSy4VR v4k 10:06 AM
  • Camille: Fer crissakes!! It was Lolalola who was my role model! Tab’s greatest moments were later, so far as I am concerned, and, to... 9:59 AM
  • Stewball: Fantastic!! Like puddin’ in the moonlight! 9:36 AM
  • Krunoslav: “One used to only hear Purcell performed by British artists” httpv://www.youtub rrvh1ho... 9:29 AM
  • messa di voce: “my absolute, all-time, and long time favorite and a decidedly informing influence upon my former and younger self, I... 9:12 AM
  • Krunoslav: httpv://www.youtub YnwwAaQ 8:48 AM
  • Krunoslav: Perhaps someone listened to her singing? 8:44 AM
  • WindyCityOperaman: Anyone else notice Jean Stapleton in the Original Cast? httpvh://www.youtu NAS67vEU 8:31 AM

Winter afternoon’s dream

Netrebko in recitalStandard fare threatened to dominate the final weekend of February at the Met: a routinely-cast revival of Cav & Pag plus two recent productions by the house’s favorite Eyre-head. But then there were also two extraordinary opportunities to indulge in divadienst of the “An(n)a-in-excelsis” genus—Saturday offered another chance, announced only 24 hours earlier, to sample Ana Maria Martinez’s unexpected Butterfly, then Sunday afternoon brought Anna Netrebko’s exceptional, sold-out sui generis all-Russian recital.  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 »

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 won’t be seeing any puritans at the Met next season, except of course for the ones who slouch around during intermission hissing, “You call that a trill?”

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