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Gray lady

Denigrating myths about opera abound, but one of the most enduring is the myth that Der Rosenkavalier is about an aging woman who must graciously renounce sexual love, leaving it to the young. (Photo: Ken Howard)

Peter Gelb admits defeat

“Now, asked what the public’s response would be if he did announce he was changing the beloved Bohème, performances of which continue at the Met through March, Mr. Gelb chuckled and said, ‘I’m not going to find out’.” [New York Times]

Una vittima della sventura

Remember the disastrous 2010 Traviata at the Met, “conducted” by Leonard Slatkin on the opening night (before folding his tent and skedaddling), the one Village Blitherer Brian Kellow admitted he neither heard nor saw, but why did Anthony Tommasini have to be such an old meanie, etc. etc.?  Read more »

You’ve got to climb Mount Everest

In this Sunday’s New York Times, Our Own JJ (not pictured except in spirit) examines why Bellini’s Norma should be considered “the Everest of Opera.”

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Ha vuote le occhiaie – ma pure (e chi il crede?!)

Today, the New York Times offers the strongest suggestion yet that Cecilia Bartoli will bring her Norma to New York sooner rather than later.

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Mimecraft

Our Own JJ (not pictured) muses on the difficulty of staging Mozart’s greatest opera in his latest piece for the New York Times.

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The new journalism

La Cieca wishes to extend her heartiest congratulations to that journalistic power couple the da Fonseca-Wollheim-Stephenses.

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There is nothing you can take to relieve this pleasant ache

“There is a water sprite (called a merman by the Juilliard), a witch and other flora and fauna of Czech folklore.”

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Fixture

“When you’re really quiet, you can hear the tinkling when they stop.”

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People may say I can’t write, but no one can ever say I didn’t write

An aging eccentric—who has for decades occupied a dubious place on the fringes of New York’s musical life—today saw a lifelong dream fulfilled.

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