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  • philomel: Not to sound snippy, but I chose my words carefully in my original post. Did you read them... 8:49 PM
  • PokeyGascon: A positive review, I am going Aug. 8th. I also just realized I can arrange to be in Detroit for... 8:46 PM
  • steveac10: “Who running a major opera company in the US has a “vision?” Not many – and especially... 8:43 PM
  • Lohenfal: Your guess is as good as mine. I didn’t have a subscription way back in 1980, so I really... 8:39 PM
  • actfive: Bang on about pre-Gelb marketing. Back in the early 80′s, I worked for the Met Ticket Service.... 8:37 PM
  • Sempre liberal: I haven’t lived through a lockout before. If some performances are cancelled, do... 8:30 PM
  • steveac10: “Bing also had his own white elephant Ring cycle that took seven years to produce” I... 8:25 PM
  • steveac10: On what authority can you confirm the Met is “out of cash”? There is a couple of... 8:16 PM
  • philomel: My prediction is it will be a combination of these, with the lockout being certain. We are being... 8:06 PM
  • La Cieca: Your argument would make sense if you could point to a Met GM (since Bing) who actually did have an... 7:42 PM

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.” [New York Observer]

Raven review

PHOTO CREDIT – Richard Termine“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. But a pair of brief musical dramas, each about a fantastical beast, jolted audiences from their early summer doldrums.” [New York Observer]

Faites vos jeux, Messieurs!

“As one opera season winds up, marketing for the next kicks into high gear: the Met in particular is promoting its 2014-2015 season, promising thrilling voices, magnificent melodies and sumptuous productions. They may be missing an angle calculated to appeal to the more adventurous attendee: opera as game of chance.” [New York Observer]

Madama Butterfly

The girl on the moon

“In Kristine Opolais, who gave her first Met performance in the title role on Friday night, the company has a Butterfly with the soaring voice and penetrating theatrical presence to meet Minghella’s elegant dramaturgy head on.”

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Andrea Chenier

“The Met’s Andrea Chénier: less exciting than it looks in this photo”

The sad fact, though, is that the Met is not doing a great job or, in most cases, even a competent job at this core task.

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La Sonnambula

Liebestraum

“Opera can, in fact, be something beautiful and moving even when all a performance has going for it is some really excellent singing.”

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After the thaw

Our Own JJ (not pictured) offers his recommendations for 10 opera and classical music events worth hearing this spring.

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New York Philharmonic

Blood types

“The finale of Sweeney Todd left the stage of Avery Fisher Hall littered with corpses, but the evening, for all its flaws, felt vibrantly alive.”

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Writers’ block

The last place you’d expect to find opera at all, let alone good, exciting opera, is in still-scrappy Bushwick, Brooklyn.

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igor

Slavas of New York

Even when the opera performed is a masterpiece, a truly superb opera performance is exceedingly rare.

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