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  • Cocky Kurwenal: I’m in that video PCally, dressed as a tree :-) Larsson had Anna, her teacher, present the entire duration of the... 5:22 PM
  • PCally: Cocky, I’ve always wondered how Larsson managed to sound as sensational as she does in the Parsifal video and your story is... 5:13 PM
  • PCally: Camille I have not heard the Forza either but the general criticisms are that Carreras is both exceptionally over parted and past... 5:12 PM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: I was thinking about this yesterday Camille – how I’ve been to quite a bit over this season at the ROH, and... 5:07 PM
  • Camille: Why does everyone hate the Sinopoli FORZA?????? I don’t know it at all but the cast seems pretty first rate — It made me go... 5:04 PM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: I did meet Plowright 4 or 5 years back – I had a 2 hour singing lesson with her, which was pretty interesting. She... 5:02 PM
  • Camille: Hope they found him a costume by now! In bocca al lupo. 4:52 PM
  • Camille: The lower voices–Samie l in particular–a re all really quite good. Very effective and lively tempi the wonderful and... 4:49 PM

Seamless

Butterfly“The Met turned to Ms. Martínez, whose scant resume with the company until now has included only a handful of performances of Carmen and La Bohème in 2005 and 2015, respectively.  Friday night’s triumph may well leave the Met’s management wondering how it let such a gem slip through its fingers.” [Observer] Photo by Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera.

End of the line

“If the Metropolitan Opera were one of the more advanced European theaters, last Friday night’s new production of Manon Lescaut might actually have made some kind of perverse sense. . . . Mr. Eyre’s production… was just another in a series of ugly, gargantuan stagings signaling the Met’s endemic lack of imagination or artistic ambition.” [New York Observer]

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]

PHOTO: Janette Pellegrini

Tell me about the rabbits

Our Own JJ confesses he just doted on Heartbreak Express, but “You Us We All was not my cup of twee.”

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Lulu collage

Lulu’s back in town

Continuing coverage of the Met’s new Alban Berg spectacular.

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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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