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Cher Public

  • Milady DeWinter: I agree, Peter – Hartig’s poetic line and lovely arcs of tone were beautiful to... 12:33 PM
  • manou: I think the stock expression is “giving stick” to Norman. 12:32 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: This is the BEST Jessye I have ever encountered!!! Love her ability to master an... 12:27 PM
  • messa di voce: She could have cut a few verses, but I think she sounds pretty damn good. 12:23 PM
  • peter: The voice is not a wow, at least on the broadcast as Anita Hartig’s was last year but I’m... 12:17 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Ok well I could have been wrong. But I definitely thought I heard the same key change that... 12:09 PM
  • La Cieca: I’ve deleted out the text about the transpositions pending a check against the broadcast.... 12:07 PM
  • Patrick Mack: My eyes! My ears! AAAAAAAAAARRRRRGH! 12:00 PM
  • Patrick Mack: ‘Golf Claps’. Classic Poison. Brava. 11:53 AM
  • calaf47: I just checked with another friend…who also recorded it…..no transposition. When I saw... 11:50 AM

Dullsville

“At a busy repertory company like the Metropolitan Opera there are inevitably interesting nights and not-so-interesting nights, but it’s difficult to recall a performance of such stultifying dullness as last Thursday’s performance of Aida. Undercasting and ragged ensemble utterly blunted the impact of Verdi’s classic score. This was the kind of night that proves the haters right: sometimes opera is boring.” [New York Observer]

Wedding bell blues

Our Own JJ (not pictured) writes in the New York Observer, “The combination of the Metropolitan Opera’s opening night—one of the most glamorous social events of the year, in theory at least—and a new production of Le Nozze di Figaro—which is, after all, about a wedding—should result in a doubly gala event. So it’s twice as disappointing that Monday night’s performance of the Mozart masterpiece turned into a four-hour fizzle.” (Photo: Ken Howard, Metropolitan Opera)

Chorus of the exiled protesters

“A philosophical espousal of the principle of protest doesn’t entail an endorsement of the content of a particular demonstration. I applaud the Klinghoffer protesters for voicing their opinions, but that doesn’t stop me from saying that I find those opinions ill-informed, inept and downright dangerous.” [New York Observer]

Callas Edition

Divina, deconstructed

“The sensation is that you are actually right there in the studio with Callas herself.”

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acis

The secret of nymph

Mark Morris’ staging of Acis and Galatea at Lincoln Center is everything good about summer condensed into two hours.

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Paradine Case

Contrariwise

“The dark clouds hovering over Mr. Gelb should not obscure his very real achievements.”

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Euryanthe

Campus radical

“Mr. Burden did his best to wrestle with what looked like a disused Dale Chihuly chandelier, but…”

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Mariella Devia

La regina d’Inghilterra ho veduto cantar

“At Carnegie Hall last Thursday, a capacity crowd witnessed what might be the final official act of a monarch who has reigned for more than four decades.”

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PHOTO CREDIT – Richard Termine

Raven review

The NY Phil Biennial, a new music festival that is dedicated to new music, kicked off its first season at a drowsy time on the performing arts calendar, the week after Memorial Day.

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casino_royale

Faites vos jeux, Messieurs!

The Met may be missing an angle calculated to appeal to the more adventurous attendee: opera as game of chance.

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