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  • danpatter: I couldn’t agree more. Tucker’s voice was the first tenor voice I listened to and liked. He was on so many... 6:45 PM
  • kennedet: I could be dead wrong but I find it difficult to believe that Battle’s life will ever appear on stage, film or anywhere... 5:14 PM
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  • JohninSeattle: Returns of the day to our favored “playwright, actor, commentator and diseuse”. That said… Oh to have... 3:51 PM
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  • Daniel: It’s unfortunate to read yet another review so focused on soloists’ vocal timbre rather than the overall effect of the... 3:31 PM
  • 98rsd: Levine and the Met Chorus and Orchestra easily outclassed this effort. And the soloists were basically just okay. Any idea why... 2:41 PM
  • zinka: BOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!! As we approach (Aug.28) the birthday of my favorite tenor, Richard Tucker, I think of some of the... 12:56 PM

People may say I can’t write, but no one can ever say I didn’t write

FFJAn aging eccentric—who has for decades occupied a dubious place on the fringes of New York’s musical life—today saw a lifelong dream fulfilled.

Two and only

Madama Butterfly

Anna Netrebko and Latonia Moore (pictured) rekindle “The Grand Opera Buzz” in Our Own JJ in an exclusive online review in the Observer. (Photo: Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera)

Seamless

Butterfly“The Met turned to Ms. Martínez, whose scant resume with the company until now has included only a handful of performances of Carmen and La Bohème in 2005 and 2015, respectively.  Friday night’s triumph may well leave the Met’s management wondering how it let such a gem slip through its fingers.” [Observer] Photo by Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera.

Penn Station

End of the line

“Mr. Eyre’s production… was just another in a series of ugly, gargantuan stagings signaling the Met’s endemic lack of imagination or artistic ambition.”

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tobey

Glister act

New York City Opera Renaissance’s Tosca “was opera at its most retrograde, an effort to recreate a golden age from a handful of tinsel.”

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Dorothy Bishop

Cherchez la femme

Our Own JJ’s muse Dorothy Bishop returns to New York’s plush Metropolitan Room tomorrow night with another edition of her “Dozen Divas” revue.

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Dog Days

Hello there, masterpiece

Fellow parterrians, my review in the Observer of this year’s PROTOTYPE festival does not appear until Wednesday.

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PHOTO: Janette Pellegrini

Tell me about the rabbits

Our Own JJ confesses he just doted on Heartbreak Express, but “You Us We All was not my cup of twee.”

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Photo by Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Where’s the fire?

“Everyone complains about how there is no great singing in opera anymore, but last week’s performances suggest that’s not so. The singing today is mostly fine; it’s everything else that’s the problem.”

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Trovatore

Man of steel

“This throwback to the golden age of opera—superhuman singing greeted with frenzied ovations—was a function of a perfect storm of excitement.”

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