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“In his more than 20 seasons at the Met, tenor Roberto Alagna has sung his way from one end of the Romantic opera repertoire to the other, from Nemorino to Radamès. But last night he found his most congenial and emotionally moving role yet, the part I wager he will be remembered for in decades to come: Cyrano de Bergerac.” [Observer]

I got through all of last year, and I’m here

“James Jorden always wanted to direct, but when he first moved to New York the closest he could get to the stage was in a low-paying job sweeping up bobby pins. That’s when he had a a stroke of inspiration: if his career wasn’t advancing through official channels, maybe more underground measures would bring him success.” Our Own JJ [not pictured] is the guest on this week’s installment of The Sewers of Paris.

Leading lady

“Though most of the reviews of last week’s Met’s revival of Bellini’s I Puritani concentrated on the singing of tenor Javier Camarena… we should not overlook his leading lady, soprano Diana Damrau. In a sense, she outshone even Camarena, because she not only sang the difficult leading role, she also directed the opera.” [Observer]

Women beware women

Prototype: Opera/Theatre/Now presented new works in which women were variously gang-raped, eviscerated and executed by firing squad.

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The young and the restless

“We want to figure out how to create a nationwide change in how people think opera can be done. \“

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Alla pompa che si appresta meco, o schiava, assisterai

The celebrated ‘Triumph’ scene… borders on homoerotic porn.

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Incomplete artwork

“He towered over the listless supporting cast like Daniel Day-Lewis guest-starring in a marionette show.”

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Same old, same old

“Just as every downtown shopping street in every major American city now features the same familiar retailers’ names, New York City Opera has no particular artistic identity different from, say, Opera Carolina.”

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All fall down

La Cieca (pictured) asks, what are your eight (or even 10) can’t-miss opera events for the fall?

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

An 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.

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