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

Singular sensation

“If Mozart had only had the sense to write Don Giovanni in a… single-performer format, last Wednesday’s revival at the Met would have been one for the ages.” [New York Observer]

Photo by Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

And the 2013 Pubies go to…

One startling upset catches the eye among the many winners (if that is the word) of the 2013 Parterre Box Awards. Read more »

Our retrospection will now be all to the future


La Cieca predicts you will be seeing more of the same old puritans at the Met next season, and she’s not just talking about the ones who slouch around during intermission hissing, “You call that a trill?” But uou will also see six new productions (including a Met premiere of a 21st century work) and the local debut of one of opera’s most controversial stage directors. Read more »

Read more »

Behind the red curtain

It was indeed a curious sensation  making a late morning trek to East 59th Street, a block devoted to showro0ms for bizarre upscale furniture and lighting fixtures, and then to enter a boutique cinema specializing in Hindi films (the big coming attraction right now is Desi Boyz) — and all this before sitting down in an auditiorium half- full of retirees to see a live performance of Don Giovanni from La Scala. That it worked as a Mozart experience I think can be chalked up to two factors: Robert Carsen‘s production and the constantly improving (if still imperfect) HD technology. 

Read more »

Read more »

The baroque mullet

Separated at birth seducers “The Duelling Dons” demonstrate what the aristocratic redneck of the XVIII century will be wearing.

Read more »

Read more »

O chat gentilissima

Tonight’s the night, cher public: the prima of the Met’s new Don Giovanni, conducted by fabulous Fabio Luisi and featuring that leading candidate for Einspringer of the Year, Peter Mattei. The fun begins at 7:30, both on Sirius/XM and on the Met’s Live Stream, and the effete will want to sharpen their knives in anticipation of the chat at La Casa della Cieca.

Read more »

Read more »

Who is that masked man?

Peter Mattei will sing the opening night of the Met’s new Don Giovanni Thursday, replacing the injured Mariusz Kwiecien. Subbing for Mattei as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia tomorrow and Friday nights will be Rodion Pogossov.

Read more »

Read more »

Northern stars

Winners of the seventh annual F. Paul Driscoll Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence, or, as they are colloquially known, the Opera News Awards, have been announced. Accepting the coveted “Effies” on Sunday, April 29 at The Plaza in New York City will be sopranos Karita Mattila and Anja Silja, baritones Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Peter Mattei, and director Peter Sellars. (Zany photo of Sellars by Alex Ross.)

Read more »