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  • La Cieca: What chairs? The first scene of the opera takes place in what is apparently a reception area for... 5:11 AM
  • manou: Elephant dung is so passé (cf Chris Ofili). I am sure we can rely on Bieito to find other more... 5:04 AM
  • Porgy Amor: He was not OK IMO — he nearly derailed the duet, for example, as I’m sure everyone heard.... 1:51 AM
  • John L: Orestes, I was also expecting some kind of crazy pyrotechnics when they had Brunnhilde lay on a disc... 12:25 AM
  • m. croche: A small part of me hopes that when Bieito stages Forza at the Met, he has all the characters sit... 11:38 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=SHy0 lTX8G4o 10:25 PM
  • olliedawg: I am crazy for Susan Graham, if you haven’t already guessed from my posts here on Parterre.... 7:02 PM
  • armerjacquino: I dunno. Stab victims can walk into a police station, report the crime and then keel over... 6:54 PM
  • aulus agerius: I also thought Krun was joking, Ivy. I was majorly disappointed when I realized who the... 6:52 PM
  • la vociaccia: You can get the same effect sitting in parts of the orchestra at the Met. The voices that... 6:37 PM

Oh, de’ verdi anni miei

“The Met’s revival of Verdi’s Ernani Friday night was every inch a tragic opera, though without being grand in any way. Its grisliest calamity was not the one the composer devised but rather one the production’s star, Plácido Domingo, brought on himself.” [New York Observer]

Pazzo son, guardate!

Manon Lescaut was Giacomo Puccini’s first big international success. His publisher, Giulio Ricordi, tried to put him off the project by citing Jules Massenet’s very successful adaptation just nine years previously. Puccini was intent on making the story his own, insisting, “A woman like Manon can have more than one lover… I shall feel it like an Italian, with desperate passion.” Desperation is certainly the feeling this reviewer got from a new recording of Manon Lescaut from our friends at Decca Classics, but I’m also quite certain it’s not the same type that the Maestro had for his subject. Read more »

Flame war

The role debut of a world-class singer is always a time of great anticipation, hopefully to be followed by celebration, if not unbridled jubilation. When two world-class singers premiere roles on the same night an operatic apoplexy is not unknown amongst the devoted. The theater’s infirmary stockpiles tranquilizers and the bar enjoys a brisk trade in all manner of festive libations. Now, gently fold into this mix one of the world’s greatest conductors who hitherto hasn’t shown much love to the Italian wing and then a stage director with a touch for the deranged and all bets are off.   Read more »

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Brooklyn Queen Express

Our own Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin delves back into those days when there was another opera company in New York, and (what’s more) the opera done there was worth hearing.

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Calpesta il mio cadavere!

This week, Our Own Jungfer Marianne Leizmetzerin turns her vigilant ears to the recent past to take in a performance of Il trovatore featuring Anna Netrebko and Plácido Domingo.

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Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

West side, east side

Recently, opera showed up at both Mets, the Metropolitan Opera and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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The lovely bones

Peter Gelb, the Met’s general manager… has engaged Mr. Domingo to sing Don Carlo in Ernani next season, Simon Boccanegra the following season and Nabucco in 2016-17.”

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Rogo boy

Berliners anxious about casting of the Staatsoper’s new staging of Il trovatore since Aleksandrs Antonenko canceled can breathe a sigh of relief, since tenor Gaston Rivero (pictured) will jump in as Manrico.

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We’ll settle that tonight!

La Cieca has been wining, dining and otherwise wooing her Met connection (pictured above) and he (or is it she?) has come across with some tidbits about upcoming seasons at Casa Gelb.

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“But, doctor, all I came in for was an embolism…”

Placido Domingo Released From Hospital; Tenor Confirms He Will Sing Giovanna d’Arco”

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