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  • Bill: PCally – as far as I understood it Zefferelli sometimes concentrated more on the extras (young... 11:08 AM
  • RosinaLeckermaul: I saw a TOSCA at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin a few weeks ago that was as traditional as... 11:05 AM
  • Porgy Amor: The Schenk Rusalka has had its last showing at the Met, though, hasn’t it? I had read... 11:04 AM
  • La Cieca: I would say it’s more a matter of the colors of the set fading, eventually to a sort of... 10:40 AM
  • turings: Sure – I just think any revival needs a good director and reasonable rehearsal time. There’s... 10:38 AM
  • DeepSouthSenior: After a few days absent from Parterre, I’m glad that I visited this discussion first.... 10:37 AM
  • PCally: Your comment only highlights the problem with classic productions. La Cieca say that “the... 10:14 AM
  • PCally: Your first statement was that Tosca was not “very 1980s au contraire, it replicates the Rome of June... 10:09 AM
  • Ilka Saro: I agree with Hans Lick here. But to me, the point isn’t about audibility, but about scale.... 9:45 AM
  • Bill: Hippolyte – I agree with you. I never have had trouble hearing any singer in the new Met no... 8:18 AM

The showgirl must go on

Last night’s complete concert version of Die Csárdásfürstin from Dresden is viewable, after the jump. Read more »

Call me Madame

“To play La Pompadour—what a delightful task! To be La Pompadour—what a gruesome fate!” Thus spoke operetta superstar Fritzi Massary after researching her role as Louis XV’s official mistress in the Leo Fall operetta Madame Pompadour, which was written as a star vehicle for “die Massary” and had its first, hugely successful, performance in Berlin in 1922, followed by runs in Vienna and London. Read more »

The Prince of Alice Tully Hall

Either you adore “The World Is but a Broken Toy” from Act II of Princess Ida and have always wanted to hear it sung by voices of operatic quality… or you don’t… and you haven’t. You are immune, as so many are, to operetta, once serene occupant of the theatric perch latterly usurped by the likes of Les Miserables and Evita. Long ago—but operetta seems always to have evoked “long ago,” to have been an art of nostalgia. Long ago, in operetta’s heyday, singers didn’t use microphones and the tunes that showed their voices off were a whole lot better than the current Broadway crop.   Read more »

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Don’t ask, do “Tell”

Repertory for “Bel Canto at Caramoor” 2011: H.M.S. Pinafore and Guillaume Tell. 

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talk like a pirate day

Pirates three: Kevin Kline, Rex Smith and Patricia Routledge. [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/qbYScGigjd4" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

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