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  • Krunoslav: Bostridge! 6:58 AM
  • armerjacquino: Yep, agreed. He’s warning people off as much as he can without awakening the lawyers. See also ‘don’t be... 6:39 AM
  • degan: Angie has nothing to do after her performances of Tosca in November so she could jump in, especially if (again) Vargas is replaced... 2:37 AM
  • parpignol: Villazon? 1:21 AM
  • steveac10: I feared that might be the case and that’s just insane from a planning perspective. Sell a season with a TBA in a major... 12:51 AM
  • Sanford: La Cieca did not “babble̶ 1;. I still miss Unnatural Acts Of Opera. She and her trusty sidekick were brilliant. 11:20 PM
  • Gualtier M: Except that Haroutounian may well end up singing the entire run if Popsy cancels. And get the broadcast. Meanwhile the next... 11:11 PM
  • LT: ” I was not consulted in its making, this was done without my knowledge and approval.” This doesn’t sound like... 10:37 PM

Guilt trip

“Part of what makes opera seem, at least, a camp art form is that fans of the genre have such inconsistent taste…. What a lot of opera queens flock to is a corner of the repertoire that can be best labeled ‘guilty pleasures,’ pieces we all know are of dubious artistic quality—but what fun to listen!” [New York Observer]

Mixed messages

“Geneticists use the term ‘hybrid vigor’ to describe the superiority of organisms that result from the breeding of vastly differing parents. For instance, the mule is more intelligent and more patient than its parents the horse and the donkey. When opera mixes genres, the results can be pretty vigorous, too—at least some of the time.” [New York Observer]

Up to speed

“New York is great. Opera is great. They deserve each other. So what can we do to get them together? Who can show us how it’s done? We need to ask the Germans.” [New York Observer]

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Bum’s rush

Our Own JJ reviews Orlando and Early Shaker Spirituals in the Observer.

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Crack that Whip!

Ham and ex

Our Own JJ was only semi-amused.

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Don Carlo

Sometimes just pretzels and beer

Our Own JJ crunches the numbers at the Met and LoftOpera in the New York Observer.

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Manon

The kids are not all right

“’They’re young… they’re in love… and they kill people’ goes the tagline for the 1968 film Bonnie and Clyde, but the slogan could apply almost as well to the outlaw pair at the center of the Metropolitan Opera’s white-hot revival of Massenet’s Manon.”

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Donkey

Dongs of mirth and triumph sing!

Donkey dick and other Asian Fusion vaudeville acts arouse “The BAM Effect” at Handel’s Semele.

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frozen

“The cold bothered me, anyway”

“It was the chilliest opening night at the Met in years on Monday—barely 15 degrees when the curtain went up on the company premiere of La Donna del Lago.

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Mattei

Singular sensation

“If Mozart had only had the sense to write Don Giovanni in a… single-performer format, last Wednesday’s revival at the Met would have been one for the ages.

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