Cher Public

  • Camille: I’m so glad they changed the Wotan from Rheingold and Sarah Connolly sounds REALLY good as the Walküre Fricka! Heidi... 12:28 PM
  • Camille: Merci, Hippolyte! I had forgotten all about the August 5th concert. A chance to hear not only Loreley but the weird Nerone! Once... 12:22 PM
  • Hippolyte: Russell Thomas is appearing next month in two very interesting concerts as part of the Puccini festival at Bard. August 5... 12:09 PM
  • Camille: And as a lieder recitalist, just exemplary httpv://youtube.co m/watch?v=lETGe_4B U2E httpv://youtube.co m/watch?v=PGJhNfVg UVk... 12:06 PM
  • brackweaver: I agree with both of you about the singing of the ladies. It made me give up at intermission. 12:01 PM
  • Camille: You can love her in this, in which she shows her strong suit as Chrysothemis. Forgot to post it yesterday. I loved this set of... 11:57 AM
  • Camille: You know–as soon as I typed that I began to get this nagging feeling that it might have been the Greek Theatre, funny you... 11:37 AM
  • Camille: Yes, thanks, but Ismaele has even less to do than Foresto has in Atilla. Maybe he will get a chance as Pollione in the opening... 11:27 AM

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.

End of the line

“If the Metropolitan Opera were one of the more advanced European theaters, last Friday night’s new production of Manon Lescaut might actually have made some kind of perverse sense. . . . 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.” [New York Observer]

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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She

He-who-must-be-obeyed

Read and heed!

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