Cher Public

We are all enfants de la Patrie

UPDATE: The Metropolitan Opera performed “La Marseillaise” before this afternoon’s performance of Tosca.   Read more »

Il existe une cité au séjour enchanté

Always look for the helpers.   Read more »

Étoile

Olga Peretyatko has officially left the chorus. The former member of the children’s choir at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg is experiencing a meteoric rise, and for good reason. She has talent in spades and, fortunately, has elected to inject her energies into the bel canto repertoire.   Read more »

Capitol gains

Clemency tends to get a bad rap these days, as polities demand swift action by leaders whose mandates to govern are violently threatened by “terrorists.”

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The coast of Bohemia

What would you do if I asked you to take a old, faded version of Puccini’s score for La Bohème and fill in the unreadable parts with a mélange of disco, kabarett, and Alban Berg?

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Oh ciel! Che intendo!

Heaven temporarily relocated to the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Sunday evening for a concert performance of Rossini’s revered but rarely heard Semiramide.

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All mysteries

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith… I am nothing.”

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Golden apple

Paris can be a lot to handle, but this week it was a lot to Handel.

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No place like Rome

“There it is! The Castel Sant’ Angelo!”

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Fox and friends

Cecilia Bartoli, the revered, ebullient, and unique mezzo-soprano, does not like to fly in airplanes. Yet she managed to journey to St. Petersburg, Russia.

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