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  • MontyNostry: Talking of Cotrubas, whom I saw on stage as Violetta, Elisabetta and Tatyana, and in... 10:33 PM
  • NPW-Paris: (Just to be clear: the opening night reviews had thus not prepared me for what I heard when I was... 10:33 PM
  • NPW-Paris: I heard her only once, in Boccanegra: “Ana Maria Martinez was, it seems, petrified on the... 10:31 PM
  • Operngasse: Jungfer – Thank you so much for mentioning Martine van Hamel. One of the great American... 10:31 PM
  • MontyNostry: Camille, dear, I find that very reassuring! Thank you. 10:30 PM
  • Camille: Thanks, armerjay, for I had this home from the library but hadn’t the time to listen. I got... 10:21 PM
  • Camille: MontyN. You have volleyed on back my exact sentiments re all three sopranos spoken of above, not... 10:18 PM
  • Camille: How is that ending different, please? Is that in the UE score? Have only heard the the usually done... 10:10 PM
  • Camille: It’s very interesting to hear what you have to say about the Cotrubas Traviata. She was so... 10:02 PM
  • NPW-Paris: Damn. “… from natural causes”. Sorry. 9:56 PM

Shortlisted

“Surprises—or let’s say pleasant surprises—are among the chief joys of frequent opera-going. Best, and most  precious, of all these impromptu delights is the eagerly anticipated performance  that soars beyond even one’s most extravagant fantasies. That’s what happened  when Sonya Yoncheva sang her first Met La Traviata last Wednesday: I  expected something lovely, but what I beheld was nothing short of magnificent.” [New York Observer]

Boys and girls, not together

Photo: Cory Weaver“…it’s particularly bewildering that before 2013 there was no such thing as the Prototype Festival, a program so essential that it feels like it must have been around forever. With a splendid sense of appropriateness, this festival of new opera is the first important event in the New Year, and the pieces it showcases offer at their best the thrill and hope of a New Year’s resolution.”  [New York Observer]

Floperetta

“Ghastly!” — New York Observer (Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

Die Meistersinger

It’s complicated

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is a problematic opera—or, rather, it is an opera that has, in the last century or so, become problematic.

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Maurizio Muraro

Rossini crescendo

Sooner or later, Our Own JJ gets around to discussing the Met’s Barbiere di Siviglia and Juilliard’s Turco in Italia in this week’s New York Observer.

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Photo by Chris Lee

Rolling along

Show Boat continues to communicate, even in the less than perfect circumstances of this latest revival.

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Photo: Richard Termine

Mourning in America

“Taken by itself, the St. Matthew Passion felt a little mundane. But compared to Zauberflöte, it could have been the Second Coming.”

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Figaro

Wedding bell blues

“So it’s twice as disappointing that Monday night’s performance of the Mozart masterpiece turned into a four-hour fizzle.”

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protester

Chorus of the exiled protesters

“I applaud the Klinghoffer protesters for voicing their opinions, but that doesn’t stop me from saying that I find those opinions ill-informed, inept and downright dangerous.”

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opening night

Tiara in the aisles

Our Own JJ (pictured) is off to cover the Met’s opening night.

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