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  • oedipe: For Domingo it’s much quicker to list the roles he did NOT sing. 5:07 PM
  • steveac10: I love the fact that after Brynner’s uber-macho “I’ll enjoy it and don’t... 5:04 PM
  • phoenix: http://tinyurl.com /m4omfcv 4:52 PM
  • rapt: Tucker sang Calaf, too. 4:47 PM
  • RosinaLeckermaul: Vickers sang Handel’s SAMSON at the Met and the Messiah on record (that very... 4:20 PM
  • papopera: not “prince̶ 1; Alexeï but tsarevitch or cesarevitch, or czarevitch Alexeï 4:07 PM
  • Batty Masetto: My hubby has a bad cold and has been doing the same thing. 3:34 PM
  • Poison Ivy: I also love the thunderous line “God opens the sea with the blast of his nostrils!!!!... 3:14 PM
  • Etardi: The gobsmacking dialogue in Ten Commandments doesn’t let up for a second. One of the best... 3:03 PM
  • Buster: Amazing, what a beautiful woman Flagstad was, and so much fun, too, surpisingly. What a pity that... 2:48 PM

Young man with a horn

“Ring a ding ding! There’s a new Duke in town, and he’s jolting the Met’s Rigoletto with enough electricity to light up the Las Vegas Strip. It’s Vittorio Grigolo, who flaunted a big, trumpeting tenor and a megawatt personality when he made his company debut in the role Saturday night.” [New York Post]

Nel tuo seno, amico sassone

“Bollywood dance numbers, kung fu fighting, simulated nudity — and rock-solid musical values — added up to a sterling Giulio Cesare at at the Met.” [New York Post]

Mousecapades

Our Own JJ (not pictured) just came running into the parterre offices wild-eyed with excitement. And no wonder, because the news, once we got him to spit it out, is that he has been credentialed to cover the Bayreuth Festival this summer, reporting for the New York Post on the new Ring, Lohengrin and Der Fliegende Holländer.

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Faustian, but no bargain

“The spring season at the Met is as changeable as March weather in New York: crisp and brilliant for a day or two, and then suddenly as dismal as Thursday night’s Faust.”

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Emperor of the perverse

Short as Roman emperor Eliogabalo’s reign was, the world sighed in relief when it was over.

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Bright young thing

Thursday’s Met performance of the Verdi tearjerker featured a major find: Diana Damrau, who, in her first outing as Violetta, mesmerized with her gleaming soprano and ferocious acting.

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Excess d’estime

It’s not often operagoers leave humming the scenery, but that was the case Monday, when the Met hauled out Riccardo Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini from the vault.

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The use of wond’rin’

With Wednesday’s stellar staging of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, the New York Philharmonic joyously put the ‘music’ back into the Broadway musical.

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Miles to go

When is good enough not quite good enough?

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O fatal “Don”

The Met’s performance of Don Carlo Friday night was a tragedy, but not for the reason Verdi intended.

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