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  • chicagoing: Final Don Carlo performance in San Francisco tonight with Furlanetto in for Pape. Wish I was there to see it again. 1:56 PM
  • PCally: Yeah Premiere Opera is where I was debating purchasing it. That and Reimann’s Lear (1982 revival) are the purchases... 1:26 PM
  • Evenhanded: Well. Camille: Gounod’s Polyeucte was revived as part of the Festival della Valle d’Itria in 2004 and a recording... 12:33 PM
  • Gualtier M: This the rest of the cast: Conductor Ferdinand Leitner – Stuttgart 1968 Orchestra – Württembergische Staatsoper;... 12:03 PM
  • PCally: This was the video I was talking about. Is the whole thing worth purchasing? 11:47 AM
  • ducadiposa: Well, she’s scheduled to give a recital here in Toronto this fall on Friday, November 11 singing Bach, Strauss,... 11:34 AM
  • Gualtier M: Tiny Tim is no Nick Lucas who introduced “Tiptoe through the Tulips” in 1929 in “Gold Diggers of... 11:34 AM
  • Gualtier M: This was filmed in Stuttgart in 1968 with Silja: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=40V5 P5iTs4Q Silja always needed to be seen... 10:03 AM

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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