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Autumn LeavesOur Own JJ has just filed a “Fall Preview” listicle for his beloved Observer detailing eight operatic events in the New York area this fall he most looks forward to. He coyly can’t reveal what they are since the piece will not be published until next month, but in the meantime, La Cieca (pictured) asks, what are your eight (or even 10) can’t-miss opera events for the autumn? And, of course, why?

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

FFJAn 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.

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

“Friday night’s triumph may well leave the Met’s management wondering how it let such a gem slip through its fingers.”

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End of the line

“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.”

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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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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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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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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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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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