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  • Krunoslav: Is Ms. Rosenberg casting the covers who don’t sing or casting the people who are flown in to... 3:26 PM
  • antikitschychick: Ivy: I’m talking 7-10 yrs down the line here, not right now and certainly not at the... 3:06 PM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: So were Julius and Ethel. 3:01 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Jesus, the person responsible for casting covers is Lenore Rosenberg, a fucking American. 2:48 PM
  • zinka: TYPO..I mean: AND Enjoy (not “have” everything…o h..I forgot others who made me so... 2:29 PM
  • zinka: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=x9Sb DSr8Mfk On this day,before I order my pato (who?) and kosher... 2:26 PM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: I can see Anti as being one of those ruthless voice-wrecking agents :P 2:12 PM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: Um, she wasn’t pregnant here. Awkward… 2:04 PM
  • Cicciabella: She looks like Arnalta when she was nursing Poppea. 2:00 PM
  • Poison Ivy: You’re hearing a joint Don Carlos and then Forza between Yoncheva and Fabiano? 1:55 PM

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 »

Timor di me? Security!

Anna Netrebko (Leonora) is seen during the Il Trovatore photo rehearsal on August 4, 2014 in Salzburg, Austria.”

Gee, our old Chagalls hang great

It’s time to call out the canard again, a whole row of them in fact: a series of “What’s wrong with the Metropolitan Opera?” editorials by “writer, speaker, consultant… compelling teacher…. [and] expert on everything Italian, the person other so-called Italy experts turn to for definitive information,” Fred Plotkin. Read more »

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Dead European white males once again in jeopardy

Our old friend Heather Mac Donald (not pictured) is back, ostensibly to mourn the loss of ‘Petrarchan intimacy with the past’ in the study of the humanities, but, reliably enough, she can’t help taking a swipe at Regietheater while she’s at it.

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Sir John and the horse

Come to the unstable

How, then, to explain the perplexing performance last Friday night of Falstaff, Mr. Levine’s first new production since his return?

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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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The mystery of Stefan’s “Vêpres”

The much-anticipated Stefan Herheim production of Les Vêpres Siciliennes opened last night at the Royal Opera, and the New York TimesZachary Woolfe was something less than completely bowled over.

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Bo, concept

The surprises, and puzzles, of Dmitri Tcherniakov‘s production of Don Giovanni in this DVD of a performance at the Aix-en-Provence festival begin before a note has been played or the curtain has risen.

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Fidelio

Von Kopf bis Fuss

La Cieca is happy to present the following readymade blind item.

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Noises Off

Pushkin comes to shove

Onegin, which opens the Met’s season on Monday, has taken an unusually precipitous tumble…

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