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  • lyrebird: For very personal reasons — the concert was a midnight Gala at ROH with all proceeds including broadcast and record... 5:56 PM
  • Poison Ivy: anttikk how was the Tosca yesterday???? 5:50 PM
  • antikitschychick: LOL that’s probably true. 5:35 PM
  • antikitschychick: wow, Anna Moffo looks gorgeous here. It’s stylized but I don’t think a beautiful woman singing a beautiful... 5:24 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Some vintage ’78 Donizetti: I love the speed of this patter: httpv://www.youtub FyYMPgk Listen to... 5:03 PM
  • tiger1: “I don’t know that I’ve ever heard a bass transpose “La Calunnia” down a step, but that is just what happened here on... 4:48 PM
  • mrsjohnclaggart: Confrontation Scene, Sills, Galvany gossiped about for a long time. It was said the ladies had had a REAL confrontation... 4:27 PM
  • NPW-Paris: Goodness me, I’m honoured. Thank you very much. 4:26 PM

The kids are not all right

“’They’re young… they’re in love… and they kill people’ goes the tagline for the 1968 film Bonnie and Clyde, but the slogan could apply almost as well to the outlaw pair at the center of the Metropolitan Opera’s white-hot revival of Massenet’s Manon.” Our Own JJ also ponders another revival (if that is not too strong a word), Lucia di Lammermoor, in his latest New York Observer roundup. (Photo: Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera)

Dongs of mirth and triumph sing!

Donkey dick and other Asian fusion vaudeville acts arouse “The BAM Effect” at Handel’s Semele. [New York Observer]

“The cold bothered me, anyway”

“It was the chilliest opening night at the Met in years on Monday—barely 15 degrees when the curtain went up on the company premiere of La Donna del Lago. But you can’t blame the polar vortex for the audience’s cool reception of this tuneful but dramatically inert Rossini melodrama.” [New York Observer] (Photo: Ken Howard/ Metropolitan Opera)


Singular sensation

“If Mozart had only had the sense to write Don Giovanni in a… single-performer format, last Wednesday’s revival at the Met would have been one for the ages.

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Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

For your eyes only

“Don’t bother with The Loft or The Boy Next Door: the most spine-chilling thriller currently playing isn’t on the screen of your local multiplex but on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera.”

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I expected something lovely, but what I beheld was nothing short of magnificent.

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Scarlet Ibis

Boys and girls, not together

It’s particularly bewildering that before 2013 there was no such thing as the Prototype Festival.

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Renee Glawari


>”Ghastly!” — New York Observer

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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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