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  • FragendeFrau82: I haven’t heard that rumor, but Opolais posted on Facebook this morning that... 9:59 AM
  • arepo: Any recent news about Kristine Opolais being given the axe at the Met? 9:50 AM
  • ML: Muti has given up the Aida, the Nozze, and his central role in Rome. 9:41 AM
  • mercadante: DG has never been my favorite Mozart opera, but not because of any issue with the dramatic... 9:30 AM
  • Lohengrin: ok, the same to me (what wearing). What is Your opinion for the strange cast for Lohengrin... 9:02 AM
  • manou: Manon Lescaut. 8:46 AM
  • pasavant: What is ML? 8:44 AM
  • Indiana Loiterer III: But what makes you think that Don Giovanni leads any more of an authentic life than the... 8:05 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Yes I know that that is why I asked where you were sitting since I will be upstairs in the... 7:36 AM
  • florezrocks: sadly won’t be there — but excited for DiDonato recital next week! 7:30 AM

And all the rest is talk

“Labor! Oh, the problem of labor at the Met is gargantuan,” Our Own JJ (not pictured) would have said, had he thought of it, during a panel discussion on WQXR’s Conducting Business program, which can be heard after the jump.   Read more »

The secret of nymph

“Imagine, if you can, sitting in crisply-pressed linen, sipping a perfectly chilled strawberry mojito wafted to your sidewalk table by a ravishing server, as you listen to the murmur of leaves without even the echo of a car radio or a cranky child’s whine to mar the tranquility… and, while you’re at it, throw in a sumptuous sky display as the evening sun sets over the Hudson River. Now set the whole experience to music by Handel, and you’ve got an approximation of Mark Morris’ staging of Acis and Galatea at Lincoln Center. It’s everything good about summer condensed into two hours.” [New York Observer]

Contrariwise

“The dark clouds hovering over Mr. Gelb should not obscure his very real achievements.” [New York Observer]

Euryanthe

Campus radical

“Mr. Burden did his best to wrestle with what looked like a disused Dale Chihuly chandelier, but…”

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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.

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Mariella Devia

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.”

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PHOTO CREDIT – Richard Termine

Raven review

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.

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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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