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  • phoenix: right you are Rudie – Sig. Bybee advertises himself as a baritone - I remember the old RCA Moffo set. It was engineered so... 4:39 AM
  • soubrettino: I love a good Rondine. The Doretta’s dream is done to death IMHO, and I prefer Magda’s second aria.... 3:59 AM
  • manou: As I am in the mood for an excruciating bilingual pun (and when am I not?), I will ask whether the stage holes are green. 3:57 AM
  • NPW-Paris: “Netrebko herself took a tumble in one of the Paris Opera potholes.” With whom? 2:52 AM
  • NPW-Paris: In true French style it was announced that A.Netrebko would be replaced by “Madame Eh”. I wonder how they might... 2:50 AM
  • CwbyLA: Great review Albert! So informative. It was a great pleasure to read it. I saw the work in Santa Fe last year. It was my first... 2:25 AM
  • Vergin Vezzosa: My out on a limb guess for Salome next season at the Met is Lisa Lindstrom. Please not Nada M.. Next week we will know. 2:18 AM
  • NPW-Paris: As it happens, so did I. I only ever saw her once before in in I Capuleti, and it wasn’t a great evening – at... 1:39 AM

Glister act

New York City Opera Renaissance’s Tosca “was opera at its most retrograde, an effort to recreate a golden age from a handful of tinsel.” [New York Observer]

Tell me about the rabbits

Among a trio of contemporary operas, Our Own JJ confesses he just doted on Heartbreak Express, but “You Us We All was not my cup of twee.” [New York Observer]

Lulu’s back in town

Continuing coverage of the Met’s new Alban Berg spectacular includes Our Own JJ‘s extended review, now online at the Observer website, and a critique by Ivan Martinson (aka Hans Lick) in GBOPERA. (Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera.)

Tosca

La povera mia cena

“Puccini’s Tosca is what is known in the trade as a ‘bread and butter’ opera.”

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Photo by Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Where’s the fire?

“Everyone complains about how there is no great singing in opera anymore, but last week’s performances suggest that’s not so. The singing today is mostly fine; it’s everything else that’s the problem.”

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Gato

The cat didn’t come back

“Along with every other music journalist in New York, I was blindsided by this news. If ever there was a company that appeared the picture of fiscal and artistic good health, it was Gotham.”

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Trovatore

Man of steel

“This throwback to the golden age of opera—superhuman singing greeted with frenzied ovations—was a function of a perfect storm of excitement.”

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She

He-who-must-be-obeyed

Read and heed!

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Berlioz

Summer nights

“Those kids in Bushwick have this opera thing figured out.”

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pleasure

Guilt trip

Part of what makes opera seem, at least, a camp art form is that fans of the genre have such inconsistent taste.

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