Cher Public

  • SF Guy: Martinez has also replaced Stoyanova in this summer’s Don Carlo in San Francisco with Fabiano, Kwiecien and Pape. 9:09 PM
  • Hippolyte: There is a bus for some but not all events at Bard SummerScape that leaves from near Lincoln Center and drops you off in from... 8:53 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: One of Arroyo’s Met Pinkertons was George Shirley!!! I wonder if he was made to wear whiteface? 8:50 PM
  • m. croche: I’m no expert on Sher or his oeuvre, but I assume that with his background in non-opera theater, he was already pretty... 8:18 PM
  • Krunoslav: Martina Arroyo sang 8 Cio-Cio-Sans for the Met from 1965 to 1971. 8:00 PM
  • Krunoslav: “Gwyn Hughes Jones ” Best Pinkerton since Browning Mummery! 7:58 PM
  • WindyCityOperaman: httpvh://www.youtu be.com/watch?v=2jJ jsQGUU-8 7:38 PM
  • Porgy Amor: Well, if we take Sher at his word, he didn’t make the decision he made in response to angry e-mails the Met received... 7:37 PM

A whiter shade of pale

While the celebrity-studded, expensively-dressed audience gathered for the gala opening of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2015-2016 season seemed genuinely enthralled by Monday evening’s performance of Otello, it was more likely swept away by the power of Verdi’s genius than by Bartlett Sher’s puzzling, inert new production.   Read more »

Pushkin comes to shove

“…Onegin, which opens the Met’s season on Monday, has taken an unusually precipitous tumble from sure thing—a pinnacle of Russian music, featuring the most eminent Russian soprano and Russian conductor of our time, in a production by a widely admired theater director making her Met debut—to headache-plagued.”  [New York Times]

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After last night’s opening of L’elisir d’amore, the first chirping of critics is heard.   Read more »

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First sip

UPDATE: A video preview of the new Elisir follows the jump.

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La Cieca, like Nature, abhors a vacuum

“Upon my word,” exclaims La Cieca (pictured at right, in the background), “I could almost swear I see a few empty seats on the other side of theater for the Met’s opening night performance of L’elisir d’amore!”

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Anna of the thousands dazed

Tonight’s the night, cher public, traditionally the busiest of the year here at parterre. Complete details on the opening night performance of Anna Bolena after the jump.

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