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  • Gualtier M: Yes, ML, the Met needed a BIG favor. Very few bass-baritones or basses are out there who sing... 9:40 AM
  • toitoitoi: Bartlett Sher is directing one in 2015. They were talking about Danny Burstein for Tevye. 9:37 AM
  • manou: I never thought I would read “Krunoslav&# 8221; and “unkind̶ 1; in the same sentence. 9:35 AM
  • Ilka Saro: Terfel was a rich man, Yada digga digga digga digga daidle deeldle dum 9:33 AM
  • ML: MMII, he was certainly effective in the April 1990 Ring with HB, which I know we both enjoyed until the... 9:11 AM
  • ML: Gualtier, the Met doesn’t need a favor. It needs a Sachs, and Morris isn’t one in 2014. His... 9:04 AM
  • Signor Bruschino: According to a Broadway producer I know, Bryn has been looking at doing a extended run in a... 8:16 AM
  • Cicciabella: What a couple of great gals! Thanks a lot for this link, antikitschychic. Wonderful, honest... 8:07 AM
  • La marquise de Merteuil: Alejandro here is her martern: https://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=pqa5 x7FScv0 7:58 AM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: I agree Morris deserves respect insofar as everybody does, but this is not good casting. They... 7:53 AM

Divina, deconstructed

“The sensation is that you are actually right there in the studio with Callas herself. In comparison to earlier masters of this material, she sounds less abstractly ‘divine’ and more approachably human.” Our Own JJ reviews the massive collection Maria Callas Remastered: The Complete Studio Recordings (1949-1969) for his regular column in the New York Observer.

The secret of nymph

“Imagine, if you can, sitting in crisply-pressed linen, sipping a perfectly chilled strawberry mojito wafted to your sidewalk table by a ravishing server, as you listen to the murmur of leaves without even the echo of a car radio or a cranky child’s whine to mar the tranquility… and, while you’re at it, throw in a sumptuous sky display as the evening sun sets over the Hudson River. Now set the whole experience to music by Handel, and you’ve got an approximation of Mark Morris’ staging of Acis and Galatea at Lincoln Center. It’s everything good about summer condensed into two hours.” [New York Observer]

Contrariwise

“The dark clouds hovering over Mr. Gelb should not obscure his very real achievements.” [New York Observer]

Euryanthe

Campus radical

“Mr. Burden did his best to wrestle with what looked like a disused Dale Chihuly chandelier, but…”

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Mariella Devia

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.”

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PHOTO CREDIT – Richard Termine

Raven review

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.

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casino_royale

Faites vos jeux, Messieurs!

The Met may be missing an angle calculated to appeal to the more adventurous attendee: opera as game of chance.

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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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