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  • luvtennis: I must confess. I adore and revere Elizabeth Montgomery. Those early black and white episodes... 12:42 AM
  • Batty Masetto: Fascinating. (Leave it to Croche). In light of Manou’s lament about not looking at... 12:41 AM
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  • ML: Quanto, souffleur/souffleu se not feasible on large stage. 12:16 AM
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  • DeepSouthSenior: Maybe we’re getting a glimpse into which line items of the budget were – ahem!... 11:58 PM
  • m. croche: Manou – off topic to your off topic. You asked in chat about Tibetan opera. I finally found... 11:54 PM
  • Batty Masetto: Manou dear, after such a plethora of grand-offspring in nappies that must be changed I should... 11:24 PM
  • Operngasse: From the roundtable of Sutherland, Horne, and Arroyo, a great Met prompter anecdote from 4:10 to... 11:13 PM
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Golden “Boys”

“Who knows what to expect from an opera about the Internet? But when Nico Muhly’s Two Boys evokes the complex mysteries of cyberspace in a series of shimmering choruses, it’s easy to think this is the most gorgeous music you’ve ever heard.” [New York Post]

The private life of implants

“The queen of tabloid TV arrived at BAM Tuesday night in Anna Nicole, an opera brimming with wit and good taste. In other words, they got Anna Nicole all wrong.” [New York Post]

Blind item

“If you’re a hard-core opera buff who finds the Met’s flashy sets and costumes distracting, have I got a show for you! It’s called The Blind, and for the duration of this hourlong Lincoln Center Festival presentation, the audience sits blindfolded and sightless as the opera is sung all around them.” [New York Post]

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Monkey do

Opening last night, the most buzzed-about show at the Lincoln Center Festival was inspired by a 16th-century Chinese folk tale of a sassy Monkey, who uses his magic powers and awesome kung fu skills to retrieve holy scriptures from India.

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Man in chair

The question on everyone’s lips at Carnegie Hall was, “Is Jimmy back in form?”

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Miss Firecracker

Just like the pyrotechnics the heroine of The Firework Maker’s Daughter longs to create, this new opera for children is a delightful, low-tech throwback to a time before CGI took over the world.

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Headless nuns in starless cast

The most sensuous sounds at the Met this week come from an opera with nary a love duet.

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Fox news

In Leos Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, the heroine is shot and skinned for her fur.

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Love is only love

Of the two love stories that unfolded at David et Jonathas Wednesday night, it’s hard to say which was more moving.

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The subject was Moses

Like the Israelites who cross the Red Sea in Moses in Egypt, New York City Opera has a long, hard road ahead of it.

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