Cher Public

  • oscar: I don’t have a problem with a mezzo singing the Composer. There have been many wonderful mezzo interpreters. I have yet to... 5:44 PM
  • Hippolyte: Like Octavian, the Composer seems to have been pretty much completely taken over by mezzos–I recall DiDonato̵... 5:33 PM
  • armerjacquino: Not sure Stratas and ‘recently 217; belong in the same sentence… But your point is well made. I can’t... 5:29 PM
  • redbear: If anyone needs a single word to describe American opera, David Gockley has it! I had to stop it to wipe the tears of laughter... 5:06 PM
  • oscar: Other than Stratas, have there been any sopranos recently who have sung the Composer at the Met or anywhere else for that matter? 5:06 PM
  • Cicciabella: That Hamlette would taste really good in a far-from-kosher cheese-and-bacon omlette. 5:04 PM
  • Hippolyte: Interesting that three of the four principals for this performance are American, plus Auger who spelled her first name... 4:43 PM
  • messa di voce: Source for that? It just doesn’t sound like Ponselle to me. I can more easily imagine Alda or Jeritza coming out with... 4:22 PM

A Life for the Gelb

“The Metropolitan Opera’s Grand Revitalization Act” on the PBS NewsHour. Read more »

Lock Up Raw

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The Met’s new production of Janacek’s From the House of the Dead sets high standards for the company, but as an indicator of the Gelb Era, it may be too good to be true. Read more »

Dead reckoning


Is it just me, or does this seem like using From the House of the Dead as a club to beat a dead horse? Read more »

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From the House of the Gelb

Our Own JJ interviews the Met’s general manager Peter Gelb in today’s New York Post.

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European males talk among themselves

La Cieca sat in on the “Cognitive Theater” discussion tonight at the New York Public Library, and the main impression she came away with is that Patrice Chéreau is a very quiet, soft-spoken man who happens to be a genius. (She was expecting something more fiery, but like many of the great divas, it seems this stage director saves his “flame” for the work.) Luc Bondy came off as a serious artist who either has run out of particularly interesting things to say in his work or else (maybe more likely) not a good fit for directing Tosca. Neither he [...]

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Silenzio, giustizia, silenzio, mister!

The subject of the controversy: that most insidious and invasive attack on American culture since fluoridation or women’s suffrage, operatic stage direction. The conspirators: the ilk of Peter Gelb, Patrice Chéreau, Luc Bondy and Bartlett Sher, ”instigated” by Paul Holdengräber. The meeting place: that hotbed of radical thought the New York Public Library (Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street). The offer: you can buy tickets here — if you dare!

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All Gelb, all the time

Where else? [NYT]

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Man of mystery

Zachary Woolfe asks the musical question, “Who is this Peter Gelb anyway?” [NY Observer]

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billets: doux?

So, cher public, those of you who are buying tickets for the Met today. What’s the experience like?

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she’s no longer a gypsy

Angela Gheorghiu, not to be outdone by Anna Netrebko‘s cancellation of Violetta in 2010, has just announced that she will not sing Carmen in 2009. According to the Romanian diva’s website, “With deep regret Angela Gheorghiu has to announce that she has to withdraw just from the new production of CARMEN at the MET later this year due to personal reasons. She will appear in the title role as scheduled on April 28 and May 1, 2010.” UPDATE: It’s official. According to a press release from the Met, Gheorghiu is out of the “first six” performances of Carmen, replaced by [...]

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