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  • redbear: I can’t believe we forgot the birthday of Johann Joachim Quantz (1697 – 1773),... 11:59 AM
  • moi: She sounds a bit like Freni at 60 . 11:58 AM
  • alejandro: She looked so good in the blue dress. I almost let out a “YES GIRL!” when that stage... 11:58 AM
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  • sterlingkay: I really don’t hear that much difference between this recording and what I heard at last... 11:56 AM
  • alejandro: I just listened to Dima’s version and I think there’s something swallowed and... 11:54 AM
  • Poison Ivy: Here’s another one: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=kODk NiSWvRU But Markov wasn’t... 11:43 AM
  • alejandro: Thanks! I compared that with Markov’s 2009 performance on YouTube and I guess my ears may... 11:40 AM
  • gal: Hvorostovsky recordings of Robert’s aria are quite interesting I think. 11:33 AM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Prepare to be devastated. Be careful: you may be too frightened to... 11:26 AM

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. But the company’s performance Sunday of this Rossini rarity offered a glimpse of a promising future.” [New York Post]

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]

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Mousecapades

Our Own JJ (not pictured) just came running into the parterre offices wild-eyed with excitement.

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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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