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  • aulus agerius: When the king finds Euryanthe and Adolar alone in the woods in Act III and exclaims “O... 8:19 PM
  • manou: It’s evident that you are taking the situation to heart, and it’s obviously going to have... 8:11 PM
  • MontyNostry: As a point of interest, how popular does Der Freischütz remain German-speaking countries? I know... 8:06 PM
  • oedipe: Arte will stream live the Trovatore from Salzburg (Netrebko, Meli, Domingo) on August 15. 8:06 PM
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  • manou: I have been to Trieste and can confirm that the Bora is so powerful that there are ropes attached to... 8:00 PM
  • mb: “Trouser Snake” “The long black hair slicked back, in black pants and shirt and... 7:59 PM
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  • MontyNostry: Ciccia, that erudite reference led me to discover the truth (via Wikipedia) behind Les Boréades.... 7:42 PM

Clash by day

Our Own JJ (not pictured) debates Tim Smith, classical music critic of the Baltimore Sun, on the topic of the Met’s cancellation of the HD telecast of The Death of Klinghoffer. Read more »

La regina d’Inghilterra ho veduto cantar

“At Carnegie Hall last Thursday, a capacity crowd witnessed what might be the final official act of a monarch who has reigned for more than four decades.” [New York Observer]

Raven review

PHOTO CREDIT – Richard Termine“The NY Phil Biennial, a new music festival that is dedicated to new music, kicked off its first season at a drowsy time on the performing arts calendar, the week after Memorial Day. But a pair of brief musical dramas, each about a fantastical beast, jolted audiences from their early summer doldrums.” [New York Observer]

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Faites vos jeux, Messieurs!

The Met may be missing an angle calculated to appeal to the more adventurous attendee: opera as game of chance.

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“Senza rancor”

The winds of change sweep across the first post-9/11 issue of parterre box, the queer opera zine.

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Madama Butterfly

The girl on the moon

“In Kristine Opolais, who gave her first Met performance in the title role on Friday night, the company has a Butterfly with the soaring voice and penetrating theatrical presence to meet Minghella’s elegant dramaturgy head on.”

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Andrea Chenier

“The Met’s Andrea Chénier: less exciting than it looks in this photo”

The sad fact, though, is that the Met is not doing a great job or, in most cases, even a competent job at this core task.

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La Sonnambula

Liebestraum

“Opera can, in fact, be something beautiful and moving even when all a performance has going for it is some really excellent singing.”

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After the thaw

Our Own JJ (not pictured) offers his recommendations for 10 opera and classical music events worth hearing this spring.

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Less than Zarah

In a slight detour from the usual all-opera-all-the-time format of parterre box, the queer opera zine, issue #44 centers on Ben Letzler‘s superb appreciation of film and cabaret diva Zarah Leander.

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