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  • rapt: I can’t speak to the in-house experience, but, having seen the HD, I can believe that the latter had virtues the former... 5:06 PM
  • suzyQ: DSS I didn’t see the HD because I saw the Elektra in the house. I’ve seen it twice and may go again for the last... 5:02 PM
  • DeepSouthSenior: I missed the Elektra Live in HD yesterday and am considering seeing the repeat on Wednesday night. Need some advice from... 4:32 PM
  • Signor Bruschino: Curious what the breakeven is on these broadcasts- If they split the $ with the movies, they net about $500k- 4:01 PM
  • The Poet Lenski: Elektra was definitely the least attended transmission at my local theater (suburban Philadelphia). I would say there... 3:39 PM
  • Jmrd: In my local cineplex Madama Butterfly was by far the busiest followed by Turandot. Lulu or Devereux were probably the quietest. 3:31 PM
  • Nelly della Vittoria: I was there too. He was good, wasn’t he? Missing that last bit of ardour, maybe, but it was elegantly done. As... 3:17 PM
  • armerjacquino: You know what, bronzino? If you want to live in a world where, say, Kiri te Kanawa is considered a greater artist than,... 3:08 PM

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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