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Cher Public

  • "Even if someone did write you an opera about the US’ shocking infant mortality..." - ianw2
  • "Wagner also sang Ariadne several years ago at the COC when Adrienne Pieczonka was..." - kashania
  • "Donna Anna: Yes, please do report. Di Giacomo came on my radar a few years ago and..." - kashania
  • "Kash, Jamie Barton is making her debut as Azucena next month in Cincinnati...." - Donna Anna
  • "Thank you for the kind words. Of course, we didn’t leave at the interval!" - NPW-Paris
  • "It’s a shame you can’t care–or better yet, do something to help..." - 98rsd
  • "A suitable opera about brave resistance to the American Imperialist Dogs. (In case..." - m. croche
  • "I was at the premiere and thought it was not only wearisome and unpleasant but..." - gironabalie

21st century blues

Your doyenne peers into the future, or, to be more accurate, into the Future Met Wiki, to reveal the latest rumors on casting and repertoire. Read more »

The woman in Greene

Susan Graham (pictured) and Piotr Beczala are the latest additions to the roster of “WQXR Presents Metropolitan Opera Spring Highlights” at The Greene Space on Monday, April 6 at 7:00 PM. And a lucky parterrian +1 will be special guests at the event!   Read more »

Fresh princes

Imagine two tenors releasing French opera aria collections at the same time without duplicating a single track! And wasn’t I relieved that I wasn’t going to have to sit through an ad hoc francophile singing competition:  anything you can sing I can sing sweeter or higher or louder.

These two discs actually serve as almost perfect complements to each other since they show their performers in a flattering light, with both tenors offering skillful and distinctive interpretations of the arias included. Read more »

Bluebeard

Door to door

The Met’s planned premiere of Iolanta/Bluebeard’s Castle was cancelled due to the Great Blizzard That Wasn’t.

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Lohengrin

Seligsten Paar

Maestro Christian Thielemann has made his choice for Lohengrin casting in Dresden and, later, Bayreuth: “Anna Netrebko als Elsa und Piotr Beczala in der Titelpartie.”

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Concert de Paris à l'occasion du 14 Juillet

La place des étoiles

Starting in less than half an hour, “Le Concert de Paris.”

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Destination moon

The legend of the mermaid is ancient, and recently scientists have theorized that these legends might have arisen when humans encountered marine mammals such as whales, seals, or sea lions.

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traviata

Blonde, bombshell

So we may all be on the same page as we discuss, following the jump is the video of the December 7 Traviata from La Scala.

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Tonight or Neva

Last night, the Met opened the 2013-14 season with a handsome, fairly conservative new production of Eugene Onegin by Deborah Warner that replaces the handsome, fairly conservative one by Robert Carsen. (The trend is clear.)

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Piotr, principally

Vanity project or not, these albums present a sensitive and talented artist showing off two little-seen sides of himself.

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