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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

Screen queen

Devereux 4This season’s Met Donizetti Tudor Trilogy concluded with Roberto Devereux, given its penultimate performance by HD transmission Saturday, April 16. It is good to see these works finally given here; they are too important, too crucial a part of the operatic repertory to have been ignored for as long as they have.  Read more »

Sul tuo capo la scure già piomba

kneelingDavid McVicar, on his knee, with… Mariusz Kwiecien during a rehearsal.” [New York Times]

Queen for a D

Some may conjecture that Anna Bolena is a stronger opera than Maria Stuarda and its title role a better fit for Sondra Radvanovsky, but Friday’s season premiere at the Met of Donizetti’s opera about the doomed Scottish queen proved surprisingly satisfying and a genuine success for the American soprano.   Read more »

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A Pole in the head

Enthusiasm is contagious–you have to cover up carefully lest it make you sick.

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Juan and two

I always think of Don Giovanni as half of the greatest opera ever written. Or, actually, about 2/3 of the greatest opera ever written.

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No business like snow business

Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin is his masterwork and its themes of social convention and unrequited longing surely struck a deep chord in a composer who, in late 19th century Russia, was gay and had to conduct himself carefully.

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Tonight or Neva

Last night, the Met opened the 2013-14 season with a handsome, fairly conservative new production of Eugene Onegin by Deborah Warner that replaces the handsome, fairly conservative one by Robert Carsen. (The trend is clear.)

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There’s no business like snow business

Tonight at long last brings us to our first Met livechat of the season, cher public.

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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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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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