The finale countdown

In Gounod’s sentimental take on Shakespeare’s tragedy, Charles Castronovo took an elegiac approach, refining his dark, haunting tenor to delicate piano tones.

“Like most opera fans (or, let’s be accurate, opera queens) I have specialist tastes, with the soprano voice at the top of the list. But the final weeks’ offerings at the Metropolitan Opera, revivals of Lucia di Lammermoor and Roméo et Juliette might very well convert me to a tenor fanatic.” Our Own JJ catches up with the tail end of the Met season.

Panache room

“In his more than 20 seasons at the Met, tenor Roberto Alagna has sung his way from one end of the Romantic opera repertoire to the other, from Nemorino to Radamès. But last night he found his most congenial and emotionally moving role yet, the part I wager he will be remembered for in decades to come: Cyrano de Bergerac.” [Observer]

A quiet girl

“Tatiana has developed into one of Netrebko’s very best roles, rich in light and shade of acting detail and showing off a warm, calm radiance in the voice. So much of opera thrives on sin, but in this opera—in which her character honors her marriage vows despite her love for another man—the soprano made a moving case for virtue.” [Observer]

Leading lady

“She not only sang the difficult leading role, she also directed the opera.”

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Women beware women

Prototype: Opera/Theatre/Now presented new works in which women were variously gang-raped, eviscerated and executed by firing squad.

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Stone soup

“A case of histronic personality disorder a deux.”

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The young and the restless

“We want to figure out how to create a nationwide change in how people think opera can be done. \“

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Same old, same old

“Just as every downtown shopping street in every major American city now features the same familiar retailers’ names, New York City Opera has no particular artistic identity different from, say, Opera Carolina.”

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All fall down

La Cieca (pictured) asks, what are your eight (or even 10) can’t-miss opera events for the fall?

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Two and only

Anna Netrebko and Latonia Moore (pictured) rekindle “The Grand Opera Buzz.”

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