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Arms and the man I sing

If this photo of a dress rehearsal of Parsifal from the New York Times is any indication, maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin has been doing heavy lifting not only in the metaphorical but in the literal sense as well.

Don’t bother me, I can’t Copley

So it turns out the spin from all of Good Old Uncle John’s chums may not be quite accurate after all. [New York Times]

Sommo giubilo, Eccellenza!

BREAKING: Peter Gelb (not pictured) announces that the Met will return its 1980s glory days as a hideously overpriced theme park! David McVicar whinges about literally everything! Exclusively in the New York Times! (Photo by Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

“You just want to kiss yourself, you sound so great”

“Are you kidding? I’m having it put in my casket.”

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Tales of the Bavarian baloney pony

In November, everyone wanted to hear more about Jonas Kaufmann‘s Johnson.

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Gray lady

Denigrating myths about opera abound.

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Peter Gelb admits defeat

” Mr. Gelb chuckled and said, ‘I’m not going to find out’.”

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Una vittima della sventura

Remember the disastrous 2010 Traviata at the Met, “conducted” by Leonard Slatkin?

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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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