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  • Lohenfal: DCF, I didn’t hear any skipping. I’m never really sure about what Donizetti actually... 9:05 PM
  • m. croche: That was an anxious-making second act. There was a cough in the GP after “lachte̶ 1;, so... 8:37 PM
  • dr.malatempra: Actually it is Arturo Chacon Cruz. He is a protégé of Don Placido and an excellent singer and... 7:35 PM
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  • Lohengrin: Feld, isn´t it a litte early to start planting? Will be cold the next days and nights. I have sawn... 4:01 PM

Love it to death

Mariusz Trelinski will direct Tristan und Isolde for the Metropolitan Opera in a production that will premiere there on opening night 2016. (The image is from Trelinski’s production of Krol Roger at the Edinburgh International Festival, photo by Marek Grotowski.) [New York Times]

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.”

Mister we could use a man like Schuyler Chapin again

Gee, our old Chagalls hang great

It’s time to bring out the canard again, this time a whole row of them in fact.

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heathers

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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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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vepres

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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