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  • Milady DeWinter: I agree with Bill and FeldM- Lucia is not the role for Yoncheva as she is not an E-flat... 11:12 AM
  • Marcello: Not that I am especially keen on Lucia, but there have been quite some unexplained cancellations... 10:59 AM
  • Bill: Yoncheva did have a bit of trouble with all her highest notes as Violetta at the Met last week –... 10:53 AM
  • Bill: Zampieri’s voice was an acquired taste particularly as she had several registers (all 3 of them... 10:40 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: I think the top is not what it used to be. I remember thinking that when I heard her... 10:32 AM
  • kashania: Meier is of the greatest singing actresses I’ve ever experienced (alas, never live). Her... 10:12 AM
  • kashania: For those interested, the performance that finally served as the opening night of the production... 10:04 AM
  • Marcello: After all that excitement about Sonya Yoncheva and her Violetta, I am disappointed to hear that she... 9:54 AM
  • Camille: Bill, you are a treasure trove of delights. Thank you so kindly for all your reminiscing on La... 9:53 AM
  • Krunoslav: I have to disagree with both Ivy and Feldie here. The one time i heard Zampieri live was as... 9:52 AM

Shortlisted

“Surprises—or let’s say pleasant surprises—are among the chief joys of frequent opera-going. Best, and most  precious, of all these impromptu delights is the eagerly anticipated performance  that soars beyond even one’s most extravagant fantasies. That’s what happened  when Sonya Yoncheva sang her first Met La Traviata last Wednesday: I  expected something lovely, but what I beheld was nothing short of magnificent.” [New York Observer]

Boys and girls, not together

Photo: Cory Weaver“…it’s particularly bewildering that before 2013 there was no such thing as the Prototype Festival, a program so essential that it feels like it must have been around forever. With a splendid sense of appropriateness, this festival of new opera is the first important event in the New Year, and the pieces it showcases offer at their best the thrill and hope of a New Year’s resolution.”  [New York Observer]

Floperetta

“Ghastly!” — New York Observer (Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

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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protester

Chorus of the exiled protesters

“I applaud the Klinghoffer protesters for voicing their opinions, but that doesn’t stop me from saying that I find those opinions ill-informed, inept and downright dangerous.”

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Callas Edition

Divina, deconstructed

“The sensation is that you are actually right there in the studio with Callas herself.”

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acis

The secret of nymph

Mark Morris’ staging of Acis and Galatea at Lincoln Center is everything good about summer condensed into two hours.

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