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  • marshiemarkII: That’s very sweet of you manoucee querida. Rest assured that even when not participating, I try to always keep up... 12:59 PM
  • JohninSeattle: Excellent write up. I never saw her live but I did read the bios. I was struck by how seriously she undertook her... 12:52 PM
  • Pia Ngere-Liu: Henry van Orsu, Tosca parlate? Cornelia se Henry? 12:49 PM
  • messa di voce: God, that picture of the young Netrebko – out of this world beauty. 12:45 PM
  • messa di voce: So finally we have an explanation – Opolais nixed JK because she couldn’t stand the stubble. 12:43 PM
  • armerjacquino: Soderstrom’s own book is brilliant, if you haven’t read it. 12:43 PM
  • NPW-Paris: There’s a lot of it about. 12:38 PM
  • CarlottaBorromeo: The world premiere of Boheme was on 1 February 1896. I don’t believe it was being performed at the Met two weeks... 12:24 PM

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miami_beach_thumbWhat a concept, or La Cieca should say what a concept! This is Regie at its finest and most boldly satirical, genius that makes Graham Vick look like two-day-old steak frites. For this production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, the director (unnamed, alas in the YouTube clip below) utilizes the cinematic convention of the flash-forward in a postmodern epoch-bending variation. What if, this staging asks, Manon were to survive her various torments and travails? What would her life be like at, say, age 60? And what if, instead of hanging around mosquito-ridden Louisiana, she invested in a condo in Miami Beach (circa 1975)?  Read more »