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  • uwsinnyc: ‘Olga of the volga’: that had me in laughter! Based on some of her clips online, she... 4:12 PM
  • uwsinnyc: fabulous review,La Cieca. Can’t wait to see it in person! 4:11 PM
  • Milady DeWinter: Thank you, I look forward to it! Personally, I can’t imagine Rachvelishvilli singing... 4:05 PM
  • La Cieca: Our JJ reviews Carmen in next week’s “Observer.&# 8221; 3:32 PM
  • manou: That you are a libidinous sadist with a man-eating pot plant? 3:29 PM
  • Milady DeWinter: Bravo Cieca – you hit the nail on all the respective heads involved. Any thoughts on... 3:27 PM
  • MontyNostry: The Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors, along with Scarpia, is one of my dream roles. What does... 3:22 PM
  • Signor Bruschino: Is the English ‘horror̵ 7; not adapting well from being at a pro-profit agency... 2:57 PM
  • La Cieca: “We have waited in vain for two nights,” sings the Doctor in the last act of Verdi’s Macbeth, words... 2:51 PM
  • manou: The dentists only watch “Little Shop Of Horrors” 2:40 PM

Faites vos jeux, Messieurs!

“As one opera season winds up, marketing for the next kicks into high gear: the Met in particular is promoting its 2014-2015 season, promising thrilling voices, magnificent melodies and sumptuous productions. They may be missing an angle calculated to appeal to the more adventurous attendee: opera as game of chance.” [New York Observer]

“Senza rancor”

The winds of change sweep across the first post-9/11 issue of parterre box, the queer opera zine. Glimmerglass Opera is in a slump, Mark Adamo talks to Our Own JJ about his new opera Little Women, a passel of pundits predict the highlights of the 2001-2002 season, Hans Lick goes to Zagreb, La Cieca dresses up Renée Fleming… and Ira Siff closes shop on the legendary La Gran Scena Opera Co. di New York. Things indeed would never be the same. [Download Issue #47]

The girl on the moon

“In Kristine Opolais, who gave her first Met performance in the title role on Friday night, the company has a Butterfly with the soaring voice and penetrating theatrical presence to meet Minghella’s elegant dramaturgy head on. In fact, she is the most compelling Met Cio-Cio-San since Diana Soviero last sang the role here nearly 20 years ago.” [New York Observer] (Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera)

Andrea Chenier

“The Met’s Andrea Chénier: less exciting than it looks in this photo”

The sad fact, though, is that the Met is not doing a great job or, in most cases, even a competent job at this core task.

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La Sonnambula

Liebestraum

“Opera can, in fact, be something beautiful and moving even when all a performance has going for it is some really excellent singing.”

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After the thaw

Our Own JJ (not pictured) offers his recommendations for 10 opera and classical music events worth hearing this spring.

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Less than Zarah

In a slight detour from the usual all-opera-all-the-time format of parterre box, the queer opera zine, issue #44 centers on Ben Letzler‘s superb appreciation of film and cabaret diva Zarah Leander.

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New York Philharmonic

Blood types

“The finale of Sweeney Todd left the stage of Avery Fisher Hall littered with corpses, but the evening, for all its flaws, felt vibrantly alive.”

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Writers’ block

The last place you’d expect to find opera at all, let alone good, exciting opera, is in still-scrappy Bushwick, Brooklyn.

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Slavas of New York

Even when the opera performed is a masterpiece, a truly superb opera performance is exceedingly rare.

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