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  • PCally: Cocky, I’ve always wondered how Larsson managed to sound as sensational as she does in the Parsifal video and your story is... 5:13 PM
  • PCally: Camille I have not heard the Forza either but the general criticisms are that Carreras is both exceptionally over parted and past... 5:12 PM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: I was thinking about this yesterday Camille – how I’ve been to quite a bit over this season at the ROH, and... 5:07 PM
  • Camille: Why does everyone hate the Sinopoli FORZA?????? I don’t know it at all but the cast seems pretty first rate — It made me go... 5:04 PM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: I did meet Plowright 4 or 5 years back – I had a 2 hour singing lesson with her, which was pretty interesting. She... 5:02 PM
  • Camille: Hope they found him a costume by now! In bocca al lupo. 4:52 PM
  • Camille: The lower voices–Samie l in particular–a re all really quite good. Very effective and lively tempi the wonderful and... 4:49 PM
  • PCally: Thanks Armer, I’ve always been meaning to track down the Trovatore but have never gotten around to it. I’ll probably... 4:45 PM

Cold Turkey

Mozart 1The no-star, slapstick revival of John Dexter’s 37-year-old production of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail that opened Friday night proved James Levine’s tenure as Music Director of the Met will end in two weeks with neither a whimper nor a bang. Other than Albina Shagimuratova’s dramatically dour but vocally gleaming Konstanze, no compelling reason for these performances presented itself besides its maestro’s desire to conduct a favorite work.  Read more »

“Das Ende! Das Ende!

Levine Retires“Maestro James Levine, the Met’s Music Director since 1976, announced that after 40 years in the position, he will retire at the end of the current season, for health reasons,” says the Met press office.  Read more »

Not only with words, but with lively gestures

Elektra Marton“I will never sing the role again. It was frightful. We were a set of madwomen…There is nothing beyond Elektra. We have lived and reached the furthest boundaries in dramatic writing for the voice with Wagner. But Richard Strauss goes beyond him. His singing voices are lost. We have come to a full stop.”  Read more »

Boccanegra 1

Doge days

That Placido Domingo and James Levine, the Met’s inexorable septuagenarians, would team up yet again—on April Fools’ Day, no less—for a revival of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra occasioned an uncomfortable degree of doubt and dread.

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Tristan

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2016-2017 season!

The Met’s 2016-2017 season opens on September 26 with a new production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

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Endgame

The end is in the beginning and yet you go on

“…they hoped he would soon take on an emeritus position that would keep him involved in the company as part of a graceful exit.:

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jimmydammerung_2

Well, you see, grandma was playing up on the roof…

James Levine, the longtime Metropolitan Opera music director whose health struggles recently brought him to the verge of retirement from that position, has canceled a series of concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra next week.”

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Perfect Strangers

Not nobody, not nohow!

“Mr. Luisi won praise replacing Mr. Levine time after time, particularly in a costly version of Wagner’s Ring cycle—though, perhaps in a sign of the situation’s delicacy, the two conductors have never met in person.”

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Colonel Gelb

The double negative has led to proof positive

La Cieca thinks she knows who the murderer is.

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Kremlin

The toothless tiger rules the restless jungle

It’s up to you, cher public, to try to decide for yourself what, if anything, this bizarre story in the New York Times means.

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