Cher Public

  • Lohengrin: Better video, syncron! German subtitles. 2:22 AM
  • Lohengrin: Every singer of Rule Britannia makes a joke on his/her dress. Hampson wore a half Union Jack / half Stars and Stripes shirt;... 1:53 AM
  • Buster: Did anyone go to Martha? Not an opera done too often these days, and it looks worth seeing. Final performance today:... 1:37 AM
  • Buster: Thanks a lot for sharing this. Particulalrly happy to have heard Yvonne Minton’s Sesto six years before her live Clemenza for... 1:26 AM
  • DerLeiermann: Wow. She’s really wonderful. I love her low notes. 1:25 AM
  • Betsy_Ann_Bobolink: This has been a successful marketing ploy at Helena Grand Opera and Barbecue for years. I’m glad to see the rest... 1:12 AM
  • Betsy_Ann_Bobolink: Absolutely. I couldn’t agree more. And I’m glad to see that it is occurring in areas other than opera.... 12:57 AM
  • Sempre liberal: Are you talking about the gypsy girls and the matadors from Madrid at Flora’s party? I thought they were product... 12:30 AM

Shortlisted

“Surprises—or let’s say pleasant surprises—are among the chief joys of frequent opera-going. Best, and most  precious, of all these impromptu delights is the eagerly anticipated performance  that soars beyond even one’s most extravagant fantasies. That’s what happened  when Sonya Yoncheva sang her first Met La Traviata last Wednesday: I  expected something lovely, but what I beheld was nothing short of magnificent.” [New York Observer]

Boys and girls, not together

Photo: Cory Weaver“…it’s particularly bewildering that before 2013 there was no such thing as the Prototype Festival, a program so essential that it feels like it must have been around forever. With a splendid sense of appropriateness, this festival of new opera is the first important event in the New Year, and the pieces it showcases offer at their best the thrill and hope of a New Year’s resolution.”  [New York Observer]

Floperetta

“Ghastly!” — New York Observer (Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

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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Photo by Chris Lee

Rolling along

Show Boat continues to communicate, even in the less than perfect circumstances of this latest revival.

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Photo: Richard Termine

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.”

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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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