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  • Bill: Yes Jungfer Fritoli sang Donna Anna in 2002 in 3 Muti performances in Wien plus the Fiordiligi but not the Figaro Countess which she... 4:43 PM
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Ham and ex

Our Own JJ was only semi-amused: “Pagliacci was a solid success, but Cavalleria Rusticana bombed on just about every level.”  Photo by Cory Weaver/ Metropolitan Opera.

Time and again I would try to say

Our own publisher and New York Observer scribe Julie Jordan James Jorden plays pundit again for WQXR’s “Conducting Business,” discussing musical comedy in opera houses and dishing about opera singers appearing on Broadway. Photo: Todd Rosenberg / Lyric Opera of Chicago

Sometimes just pretzels and beer

“Nobody wants to spend three or four hours of their life sitting through a mediocre opera performance, especially when you consider what tickets cost these days. But mediocre means ‘average,’ so, statistically speaking, if you go to the opera a lot, it means you’re going to be confronted with middling performances more often than not. You have to kiss a lot of frogs, right?” Our Own JJ crunches the numbers at the Met and LoftOpera in the New York Observer. (Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

Manon

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.”

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Donkey

Dongs of mirth and triumph sing!

Donkey dick and other Asian Fusion vaudeville acts arouse “The BAM Effect” at Handel’s Semele.

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frozen

“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.

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Mattei

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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Yoncheva

Shortlisted

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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