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  • David: Jonathan Summers isn’t British. But then I’m sure you knew that 5:44 AM
  • redbear: Yes. A long life. His Also Sprach was first performed today in 1896. 5:27 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Didn’t he die in 1949? 5:20 AM
  • redbear: s/b 1918 5:19 AM
  • redbear: Today in 1981, Richard Strauss was appointed to head the Vienna State Opear 5:18 AM
  • Chanterelle: Glad to read that audiences were sticking around. The two performances I attended had... 4:48 AM
  • Krunoslav: Surely you are not implying that the success of the WERTHER production wasn’t due chiefly to... 4:47 AM
  • Krunoslav: ” I can think of very few tenors who could have handled Ades’ Caliban with such... 4:42 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Well nobody said that they performances were at the Met. There are still a few other houses... 3:49 AM
  • tiger1: I think I read somewhere that DiDonato will no longer be singing Semiramide, at least not at the Met.... 3:37 AM

Rossini crescendo

“Are we really only two months into the Met season? After acrimonious union negotiations that threatened to shutter the company, music director James Levine’s first opening night in four years, Anna Netrebko’s coruscating Lady Macbeth, the first night of Death of Klinghoffer disrupted by protesters, and, lately, a rash of star cancellation, it seems like it should be April already and we should be preparing to put the season to bed.” Sooner or later, Our Own JJ (not pictured) gets around to discussing the Met’s Barbiere di Siviglia and Juilliard’s Turco in Italia in this week’s New York Observer. (Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

Rolling along

Photo by Chris Lee“As Italo Calvino has been widely quoted, ‘A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.’ That’s certainly true of a classic in non-literary form, the musical Show Boat, presented in concert format last week by the New York Philharmonic. Musical theater fans have lived with this show all their lives, and so have a couple of generations before them, but the piece continues to communicate, even in the less than perfect circumstances of this latest revival.” [New York Observer]

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.” Our Own JJ was in no mood last week, it seems. [New York Observer]

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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Labor

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.

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acis

The secret of nymph

Mark Morris’ staging of Acis and Galatea at Lincoln Center is everything good about summer condensed into two hours.

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Paradine Case

Contrariwise

“The dark clouds hovering over Mr. Gelb should not obscure his very real achievements.”

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Euryanthe

Campus radical

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

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