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Cher Public

  • quibbleglib: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=JRSg OHQOVAQ 11:29 PM
  • quibbleglib: Well, this young tenor certainly sings the hell out of the role: httpsv://www.yo... 11:28 PM
  • La Valkyrietta: Puzzling. Maybe MMII got sick of the long winter and went somewhere. To Puebla?... 11:15 PM
  • Hippolyte: Bryan Hymel is singing Arnold at the MET. 11:04 PM
  • operaassport: Not for 99% of the dads who can’t afford to take time off every time a kid gets a... 11:02 PM
  • operaassport: They’re not 4000 seat theaters like the MET. Just in case you didn’t know. 11:00 PM
  • Camille: Kindest regards and thanks to all who have generously shared information on Roberto Devereux today.... 10:58 PM
  • williams: Comparisons between Florez & Camarena, it seems to me, are a fool’s errand. Aren’t... 10:39 PM
  • Camille: Donde esta Marshie, Guessie? 10:34 PM
  • Camille: I am afraid that MMII has find The Ultimate Bubble and left us forever. Let us wait and watch for... 10:26 PM

B. F. deal

Tenors Bryan Hymel (pictured) and Joseph Calleja redeem otherwise routine Puccini revivals at the Met, says Our Own JJ in the New York Observer. (Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

Curious “Case”

“…a perfect marriage of text and music, creating a series of tableau-like scenes, as if Paul’s story is being related through a series of exquisitely posed still photographs—exactly, in fact, the lapidary manner in which Paul envisions his life.” [New York Observer] (Photo: Noah Stern Weber)

Queens logic

UPDATE: This afternoon’s Operavore program now available for streaming, after the jump.

Saturday afternoon at 12:30 on WQXR’s magazine show Operavore, our own JJ talks about Mathilde Marchesi and Antony Roth Costanzo discusses his Orlofsky role in the Met’s Fledermaus. Or, to put it another way, this is a show so gay only pugs can hear it. Read more »

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The wrong note drag

“…the Met’s brand new production of Die Fledermaus, which premiered on New Year’s Eve, is overproduced, undersung and interminable, less a holiday entertainment than a checklist of opera-making skills the company can’t seem to master.”

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Towards zero

Our Own JJ (not pictured) counts down his 10 favorite New York opera performances of 2013 in the New York Observer.

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Sir John and the horse

Come to the unstable

How, then, to explain the perplexing performance last Friday night of Falstaff, Mr. Levine’s first new production since his return?

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Life of the party

Our dear friends at Operavore (to whence Our Own JJ will be returning for another season early in 2014) have called for nominations for favorite operatic “party records.”

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Freeze frame

Our Own JJ takes on an old frame (Der Rosenkavalier) and a new (Eugene Onegin) in his latest review for the New York Observer.

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Light reading

“Opera isn’t all about the music: On the most basic level, it’s a grotesquely expensive form of entertainment.”

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Desk set

“Two Boys demonstrates that Mr. Muhly is capable of very great things indeed, offering extended glimpses of the kind of masterpiece he just missed writing here, and, more happily, of the kind of masterpiece I feel confident he will write in the future.”

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