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  • alejandro: I’ve been praying for a Netrebko/Kaufmann Luisa Miller forever. She probably won’t... 11:04 AM
  • figaroindy: correction “130 YEAR OLD OPERA COMPANY” 10:48 AM
  • figaroindy: Well, I don’t see that happening….s orry. And if it did, the headline two years... 10:47 AM
  • norma54: ……coul dn’t agree more with MOZARTFREAK, that is! 10:42 AM
  • norma54: ‘Couldn̵ 7;t agree MORE !! The only headline I want to see is: BOARD WAKES UP…GELB... 10:40 AM
  • David: I’ve been lucky enough to get to the Met four times – once was for Luisa Miller. I enjoy... 10:33 AM
  • armerjacquino: Or, by the sound of your post, fairly unconcealed envy. 10:31 AM
  • bronzino: It’s not just the ‘crucial central role’ casting that is the problem with this... 10:31 AM
  • steveac10: And when they see how much the company 1s paying for that coverage…who a. Over $1200/month... 10:27 AM
  • 98rsd: I don’t think that’s what’s happening. I see union members who, even in the worst... 10:26 AM

“Where was Liam Joshua?”

“Anyone looking for orgiastic obscenity in Calixto Bieito‘s production of Carmen at the London Coliseum, will be bitterly disappointed, writes Rupert Christiansen.” [The Telegraph]

Reader, I shagged him

Deborah Orr (“one of Britain’s leading social and political commentators”) doesn’t know much about opera, but she does know she prefers opera to al fresco gay sex. At least I think that’s what she’s talking about in The Guardian.

Vicar aghast at codswallop

fatherjackto7

“Italian opera has never been more popular. It has also never been in greater need of Italian voices. No matter how good the alternatives, a home-grown voice, properly schooled, transforms the sound of Verdi. It is not just the diction or timbre. It is the tradition . . . . Nicholas Hytner’s staging … remains earthbound. Why is it that successive National Theatre directors, upon entering the Royal Opera House, automatically capitulate to operatic convention?” [Financial Times]