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  • Porgy Amor: I read mixed reviews for Sparafucile recently, but I wondered how much that was the production.... 7:25 PM
  • Milady DeWinter: Dazzling, Camille. Both volumes of “Command Performance” may be THE Sutherland... 7:25 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Mr. Speedo will be on your alte Jungfer’s Mixcloud Website in about two... 7:15 PM
  • Avantialouie: Congratulations to Kelsey from a member of the Chicago audience who heard him often during his... 6:41 PM
  • Porgy Amor: https://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=PBAz BWYoR9U 6:30 PM
  • Porgy Amor: Darn. I was sure the mystery link was going to be to Julie Christie classing up a frontier... 6:29 PM
  • Camille: Ingeborg Gillebo of Norway was a last minute sub on the Tucker Gala, wasn’t she, singing... 5:52 PM
  • Camille: Oh yes, my parents got to hear Swarthout in their college days and invariably referred to her as... 5:36 PM
  • Camille: Well, that reminds me of another thing: Don José stood and listened to and witnessed Carmen’s... 5:18 PM
  • marshiemarkII: And Quinn was absolutely sublime as Marcello at the beginning of the season, saw him twice and... 5:05 PM

“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. But you can’t blame the polar vortex for the audience’s cool reception of this tuneful but dramatically inert Rossini melodrama.” [New York Observer] (Photo: Ken Howard/ Metropolitan Opera)

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.” [New York Observer]

Photo by Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

For your eyes only

Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera“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.” [New York Observer] Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Yoncheva

Shortlisted

I expected something lovely, but what I beheld was nothing short of magnificent.

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Scarlet Ibis

Boys and girls, not together

It’s particularly bewildering that before 2013 there was no such thing as the Prototype Festival.

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Renee Glawari

Floperetta

>”Ghastly!” — New York Observer

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Die Meistersinger

It’s complicated

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is a problematic opera—or, rather, it is an opera that has, in the last century or so, become problematic.

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Maurizio Muraro

Rossini crescendo

Sooner or later, Our Own JJ gets around to discussing the Met’s Barbiere di Siviglia and Juilliard’s Turco in Italia in this week’s New York Observer.

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Winks

Dullsville

This was the kind of night that proves the haters right: sometimes opera is boring.

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Figaro

Wedding bell blues

“So it’s twice as disappointing that Monday night’s performance of the Mozart masterpiece turned into a four-hour fizzle.”

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