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  • armerjacquino: Ciccia, I wasn’t suggesting that opera costumes are bought off the peg- opera has much bigger budgets than theatre... 8:55 AM
  • manou: Netrebko herself took a tumble in one of the Paris Opera potholes. 8:39 AM
  • manou: …also – no liquids for 24 hours beforehand. 8:36 AM
  • Cicciabella: NPW-Paris, the Trovatore sets and costumes were made in Amsterdam. The Amsterdam atelier is perfectly capable of making... 8:30 AM
  • NPW-Paris: Of course it may be my imagination, but it seems to me you can often see the difference between costumes made by the Paris... 8:11 AM
  • Cicciabella: Thank you for the insider info. They apparently buy clothes off the peg and do not alter them to fit the singers. No wonder a... 8:11 AM
  • NPW-Paris: You’re welcome. Take a pullover, a scarf and a plump cushion. 8:06 AM
  • antikitschychick: Thanks for those links NPW. 7:56 AM

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)

Dog bites man, part infinity

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

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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prince

Man of the future

Javier Camerena, “as close to a rock star as the Met has produced from its male roster this season,” has big plans with the company, with at least four roles planned for future seasons.

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