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  • La Cieca: He’s about 6 feet, which for a tenor is tall. 3:49 PM
  • MontyNostry: He’s not tall, but he’s slim. 3:07 PM
  • manou: Who is in charge of the nominations? 3:03 PM
  • quibbleglib: Just how tall is Signor Fabiano anyway? I met him several years ago and don’t remember... 2:53 PM
  • La Cieca: As they used to say in the 1930s, “All your taste is in your mouth.” 2:29 PM
  • leftcoastlady: Interesting you should mention the Corleones. Saw a photo of Fabiano, full face w/two days... 2:26 PM
  • Milady DeWinter: Thanks for the cut info, taminosbfriend – too bad about that little cut, since the... 1:36 PM
  • La Cieca: La Cieca will remind the cher public that nominations for COTW are currently being determined. 1:30 PM
  • taminosboyfriend: Yes, it was indeed an excelent performance. There´s only a small cut in the children´s... 1:13 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Wow, even the teachers use music. How uncomfortable Bunnel appears in this video, which... 1:07 PM

Tosca, mi fai dimenticare la regia!

Photo: Cory Weaver/Metropolitan Opera“Lights are brighter; the elegantly gowned Tosca no longer plops down on a filthy church floor — and police chief Scarpia’s Act 2 hooker four-way stops short of oral action.” [NYP]

Get out your handkerchiefs

met_traviata_sohlAngela Gheorghiu‘s triumph in La Traviata Monday night at the Met was a searing reminder of why we go to opera in the first place.” [NY Post]

Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

The debut that got away

judy-a-star-is-born-1954-germanposter02“After all that, it would be gratifying to declare Petersen’s debut a ‘star is born’ moment. But… she was pretty much a nonstarter, her Ophélie hovering on the cusp of inaudibility in midrange and shrill on the highest notes.” [NYP]

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Only a “Nose” I give you

“The Met’s new production of ‘The Nose’ should be a hit with everyone except headline writers. Had the Shostakovich comedy bombed, they’d quip ‘Met blows nose’ or ‘Don’t pick this opera!’ But since this sassy, smart show is the highlight of the current opera season, they’ll have to settle for something like ‘Breath of fresh air’.”  Our Own JJ reviews The Nose in the New York Post.

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Stand by Mimi

“The Met’s been cleaning house of its lavish Franco Zeffirelli productions, mothballing his Tosca and Carmen earlier this season. But his staging of Puccini’s La Boheme remains a keeper, packing a punch 28 years after its premiere.” Our Own JJ goes gaga for Anna in the New York Post.

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Amuse-bouche

“It’s no spoiler to reveal that, at the end of Hansel and Gretel, the kids defeat the witch. In the Met’s production of Humperdinck’s fairy-tale opera, the singers of the title roles steal the show, as well.” [NY POST]

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Last soprano standing

“As for Elektra — one of the most strenuous of opera roles — the Met seemed to have settled for a singer who could survive the ordeal.”  [NY Post]

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