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  • gustave of montreal: Merci, cara. Et, bon 4 juillet aux américains. 8:57 PM
  • manou: …and also: http://tinyurl.com /pjgznbh 8:49 PM
  • vilbastarda: Lovely! Thank you for the detailed report, manou! Sounds like a successful night at the opera, with maybe some questionable... 8:48 PM
  • manou: Errata: -”andmlendin g” should be “and lending” -”TaraErraug hted” is not a typo, but a lame... 8:41 PM
  • pavel: She’s addressing her daughter and ordering her not to dance. “My daughter, do not dance!” 8:39 PM
  • manou: So – Guillaume Tell. I had been to an event where Michieletto discussed the then forthcoming production (with Pappano and... 8:34 PM
  • semira mide: However the singing goes in Santa Fe tonight, the conducting is most likely to be excellent. Speranza Scappucci is a terrific... 8:25 PM
  • Cicciabella: That’s too bad, manou. Since everyone and their cousin seems to have an opinion on this Tell, especially if they... 8:13 PM

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]

Bum’s rush

“This season I’ve sat through some perfectly mediocre performances in the plush seats of Lincoln Center, and last weekend I was transported by one of the year’s most intriguing presentations while writhing in discomfort in a plastic folding chair.” Our Own JJ reviews Orlando and Early Shaker Spirituals in the Observer.

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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Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

For your eyes only

“Don’t bother with The Loft or The Boy Next Door: the most spine-chilling thriller currently playing isn’t on the screen of your local multiplex but on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera.”

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