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  • Porgy Amor: He was not OK IMO — he nearly derailed the duet, for example, as I’m sure everyone heard.... 1:51 AM
  • John L: Orestes, I was also expecting some kind of crazy pyrotechnics when they had Brunnhilde lay on a disc... 12:25 AM
  • m. croche: A small part of me hopes that when Bieito stages Forza at the Met, he has all the characters sit... 11:38 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=SHy0 lTX8G4o 10:25 PM
  • olliedawg: I am crazy for Susan Graham, if you haven’t already guessed from my posts here on Parterre.... 7:02 PM
  • armerjacquino: I dunno. Stab victims can walk into a police station, report the crime and then keel over... 6:54 PM
  • aulus agerius: I also thought Krun was joking, Ivy. I was majorly disappointed when I realized who the... 6:52 PM
  • la vociaccia: You can get the same effect sitting in parts of the orchestra at the Met. The voices that... 6:37 PM
  • steveac10: Tanner is only singing Turiddu tonight. He was always planned to do one of each (on different... 6:36 PM
  • olliedawg: PCally: Me, too. I’m a huge Popp fan, and never tire of hearing her sing Mozart and Strauss.... 6:22 PM

Lede buried

“…Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton were in the audience, with their daughter, Chelsea, and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky. They were there, opera insiders said, because Chelsea Clinton is a friend of the tenor Vittorio Grigolo, who was playing the Chevalier, Manon’s true love.” [New York Times]

Woolfe at the door

Longtime Friend of the Box Zachary Woolfe (left) climbs onto the masthead of the New York Times as their new classical music editor, starting Monday.

Je sens une pure flamme

“[T]here’s no chill to be detected at the Metropolitan Opera. There, the temperature rises nearly to boiling every time Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo are on stage together in a sensational revival of Manon, which opened on Monday…” Our Own JJ‘s take on the Massenet will not appear until next week, but for now you are invited to make do with Zachary Woolfe‘s rave in the New York Times. (Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

Canard Lebrecht

Dog bites man, part infinity

“The soup is hot; the soup is cold; Norman Lebrecht got it wrong again.”

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Anna Netrebko

The seven percent solution

You figured it out a fortnight ago, cher public.

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didonatos

“Rachel, please, it can’t matter to you!”

Finally the mystery has been solved: glamorous Joyce DiDonato and mousy Rachel DiDonato (pictured, left to right) are really the same person!

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Anna_Norma

“It’s scary, but what can you do?”

“Ms. Netrebko, 43, spoke about her willingness to take risks…”

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pereira

The incomplete idiot

Intendant Alexander Pereira halts the merry-go-round briefly to discuss Salzburg and La Scala with Zachary Woolfe of the New York Times.

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rob_the_mob

Bullets over Valhalla

“But,” he added, “I find it distressing to be threatened by other artists.”

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Tara

Breaking! And I don’t mean that in the newsroom “scoop” sense

There goes my very last nerve.

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