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  • Krunoslav: Nadja’s best option at this point? JOSEPHSLEGENDE. 2:15 AM
  • Lohengrin: The points for her decicion, to do Aida in London cond be “the conductor and the... 1:26 AM
  • Buster: 2019 – and she wll be just in it, it is not composed for her, I see. More details, including a... 12:55 AM
  • Buster: Nadja returns to the Met in an opera composed especially for her by Osvaldo Golijov. 12:50 AM
  • Camille: Hi, scifisci—lon g time no see. Yes, I corroborate with you about Lee, as I saw his second or... 11:14 PM
  • scifisci: Kaufmann is a special artist but I would not be that disappointed that Lee is filling in or that... 10:44 PM
  • Camille: Feldmarschie, hahahahaha! I just now saw your reference to Jackie O! I am sorry to disappoint your... 9:49 PM
  • Lady Abbado: Finally a glimpse into Angela Gheorghiu’s take on the role of Charlotte: http://staatsop... 9:37 PM
  • Camille: I thought she was pretty good as the Jaroslavna as well, and we had been warned by œdipe about the... 9:36 PM
  • Camille: I haven’t forgotten her at all because she is my favourite, by a landslide, because she could... 9:31 PM

Night and dreams

At the Opernhaus Zürich, the coat check is not optional. A collective hush extends throughout the hall just before the dimming of the lights. And it may be the last opera house in the world where the overwhelming majority of patrons still dress in formal attire; I have never felt like such a slob in my khakis and untucked shirt. Yet the pomp is not without reason; I do not believe there is another opera company in the world that maintains such impressively high musical values while performing in a fairly intimate space with stellar acoustics. Read more »

Winged victors

Has it really been nine years? Well, apparently it has, because the winners of the ninth annual F. Paul Driscoll Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence (or, as they are colloquially known, the “Opera News Awards”) have been revealed. Congratulations to director Patrice Chéreau, tenor Juan Diego Flórez, mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig, bass-baritone James Morris and soprano Nina Stemme (not pictured)!   Read more »

Ugh! Neve!

La Cieca celebrates (if that is the word) the first snowfall of the season in New York in the traditional manner: with a video clip from La fanciulla del West. Read more »