Cher Public

  • Camille: Oh goody gumdrops! I’ve still never listend to all of wonderful Borkh’s Sieglinde, only the Narrativ, so I will look... 1:47 PM
  • Camille: Jeezaloo–thi s Parsifal and Kundry Zweiter Akt is sounding MUCH better than the usual. La Pankratova can actually SING the... 1:42 PM
  • Camille: Regarding the English translation—my primary motivation for attending this ambitious project–in my purview it was highly... 1:39 PM
  • JohninSeattle: This is my guiltiest of guilty pleasures and Mr. Corwin is spot on with his analysis of the work. “One problem is... 1:32 PM
  • PCally: Wish I could have seen his productions? The pictures looks astonishing and varnay and Ludwig rave about him in their memoirs and... 1:30 PM
  • Camille: Thanks, but no thanks! Once in a lifetime is plenty to see this weird work and Teatro Grattacielo’ s production, mercifully... 1:26 PM
  • NPW-Paris: My apologies – I hadn’t yet read the other review which says the same. 1:18 PM
  • leosweill: Have posted this once before, but this may be the better thread: Carsen’s John Ford-inspired production featuring a... 1:15 PM

Four faints in five acts

Don Carlo 1That little place just two hours from the city is on the list of things I shall never understand, like the plot of Parsifal. So there I was rushing back from the realm of very large bugs and a terrifying lack of restaurants, waiting to see if I would make it back and across the bay in time for a one o’clock curtain. For better or worse, I did.  Read more »

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]

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Queen for a D

Friday’s season premiere at the Met of Donizetti’s opera about the doomed Scottish queen proved surprisingly satisfying and a genuine success for Sondra Radvanovsky.

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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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