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  • Gualtier M: I actually saw Pia Zadora at the Metropolitan Room in February 2013 – she is an old... 11:46 AM
  • messa di voce: Farrell the stylistic chameleon – wonderfully idiomatic in everything she sang. 11:30 AM
  • armerjacquino: And Cotrubas, and Hendricks. It’s widely recorded. I’ve never actually heard the... 11:08 AM
  • aulus agerius: All 3 performances sold out well before showtime. 11:01 AM
  • Krunoslav: “the piece has been largely forgotten, except for Leontyne Price’s magical recording of the... 10:59 AM
  • operablogger: RE: Pia Zadora … Let us not forget that her very first film appearance was in one of the... 8:55 AM
  • WindyCityOperaman: Also born on this day in 1655 inventor Bartolomeo Cristofori who is being honored on... 6:40 AM
  • danpatter: I was there today. The seat next to my seat (center, row C on the aisle) was actually vacant for... 2:02 AM
  • phoenix: Coincidentally, I also saw that Huguenotten in Berlin around that same time – with same cast... 8:46 PM
  • Stefan: It is a great house and has great sightlines overall from what I can remember. The Schoenberg had the... 8:00 PM

Desk set

“Two Boys demonstrates that Mr. Muhly is capable of very great things indeed, offering extended glimpses of the kind of masterpiece he just missed writing here, and, more happily, of the kind of masterpiece I feel confident he will write in the future.” [New York Observer] (Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

Golden “Boys”

“Who knows what to expect from an opera about the Internet? But when Nico Muhly’s Two Boys evokes the complex mysteries of cyberspace in a series of shimmering choruses, it’s easy to think this is the most gorgeous music you’ve ever heard.” [New York Post]

Our retrospection will now be all to the future


La Cieca predicts you will be seeing more of the same old puritans at the Met next season, and she’s not just talking about the ones who slouch around during intermission hissing, “You call that a trill?” But uou will also see six new productions (including a Met premiere of a 21st century work) and the local debut of one of opera’s most controversial stage directors. Read more »

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Scent of mystery

La Cieca has been sniffing around her generally reliable (and fragrant) sources, and she thinks she has pieced together a list of the dozen operas to be featured in the 2013-2014 season of “The Met: Live in HD.”

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Oral, history

“Yeah, I was in London and I got a text message from Renee Fleming.”

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Graeae lady

Bloomberg’s Zinta Lundborg, best known for sharing a single eye and a single tooth with Manuela Hoelterhoff, overlooked the opera on Wednesday night and instead reviewed the PR for Dark Sisters. When a man writes like this, we call it “bitchy,” so when a woman does it, can’t we call her “dickish?”  

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Twisted sisters

“Five women singing together: That’s an opera fan’s idea of heaven. And though Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters doesn’t quite reach celestial heights, Wednesday’s premiere offered the promise of an exciting new composer’s voice.”  [New York Post] (Photo: Richard Termine)

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When we deaf awaken

Open your eyes, sleepyheads! In the news this morning, our own JJ raves about Satyagraha at the Met (“a masterpiece of musical and visual art”); the ever-articulate Nico Muhly takes aim at the Met’s production values (“Mercedes Bass or Anne Ziff paid for the opera. What do you think is going to happen?”); and NYCO’s orchestra and chorus offer to work for free.

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Wunderkinder in mirror are larger than they appear

Composer Nico Muhly took a break between operatic world premieres to order a daiquiri and talk to our own JJ about height, haters and flight path. [Capital New York] (Photo: Peter Ross)

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Tudor City

It will come to no surprise to the parterriani (though perhaps something of a relief to Peter Gelb) that the most coveted ticket of the fall season in New York is Anna Bolena, the Donizetti premiere at the Met featuring Anna Netrebko‘s lovely head.  Complete results of the more than 1,100 votes cast in the Fall Poll after the jump.

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