Cher Public

And in the ‘how’

Yesterday’s first installment of a selected Rosenkavalier video overview covered two classic filmed performances, one from the 1960s and one from the 1970s. Today’s continuation closes out the 20th-century selections, crosses the millennial mark, and includes the first of our performances to depart from the opera’s prescribed 18th-century setting.   Read more »

The sprite in you

Yesterday’s first half of the Rusalka video overview took us from literalism toward Regietheater. Today’s conclusion, covering filmed performances of Dvorák’s opera since 2010, charts the progression in reverse.   Read more »

Chained melody

LohengrinLa Cieca’s spies in Dresden (oh, they are legion!) report that there were HD cameras aplenty in the Semperoper at Wednesday night’s performance of Lohengrin, i.e., the one after the free “plazacast” last Sunday. This fact strongly indicates some kind of commercial release of the video, whether on a streaming service such as ARTE or else on disc for DGG (a label at which Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala and Christian Thielemann all have contracts, conveniently enough!)

Cher public, affrettati, precipita per l’etra!

La Cieca’s familiar spirits have been turning their generally steely eyes to the Future Met Wiki, attempting in vain to make sense of impending repertoire and casting at Casa Gelb.

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Multicolored

Polish singers are chameleons. They have to be.

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Barton glances

The annual Richard Tucker Gala is probably the event of the year to indulge your love of verismo staples and can belto screaming.

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All my Edgardos

Well that’s a terrible place to start a review, and it’s not quite fair to SFO’s Lucia di Lammermoor, but…

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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.

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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.

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Fresh princes

Imagine two tenors releasing French opera aria collections at the same time without duplicating a single track!

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