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  • MontyNostry: “Till is, like, a really wacky guy. I can’t see him being a hit on the lawns at... 4:15 AM
  • MontyNostry: She probably won’t be doing much with the words anyway, Feldmarschallin. 4:12 AM
  • Archaeopteryx: “She is a good singer” - understatement of the year. She is phenomenal, and has... 3:53 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: The next Eva will be Krassimira Stoyanova who was born in 1962. She is 52 now and will be 55... 3:39 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Yes she recovered even if she needed a bit of help yesterday when she came on stage at the... 3:27 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Well lets hope she learns German first right? Wasn’t Fleming also suppossed to sing... 3:22 AM
  • steveac10: I can see why it was blocked from your memory. I only remembered it was not originally assigned to... 2:30 AM
  • Buster: Miriam Portmann is much better than all the previous Carlotta’s, she really sings “mit... 2:22 AM
  • La Cieca: Yes, you are right – I was working from memory. Volpe replaced the tired, traditional Carmen... 2:01 AM
  • steveac10: Well, that and he quit borrowing shows for his star tenors’ vanity projects. The thing this... 1:50 AM

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 »

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. So naturally Our Own JJ is ready with the counterpoint over at Rough and Regie.

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? Nothing went wrong exactly, but nothing went quite right either. Conducting this final masterpiece of Verdi—a Levine specialty at the Met since 1972, his second season with the company—the maestro was off his game.” [New York Observer] (Photo: Ken Howard)

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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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Von Kopf bis Fuss

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

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Pushkin comes to shove

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

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No one who speaks German could be an evil man

If Frank Castorf‘s work on Der Ring des Nibelungen at Bayreuth accomplishes nothing else, it should serve as a sort of loud disorganized reminder of the dangers of indulging in the intentional fallacy.

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What a day for an auto-da-fé

Teresa Berganza is the latest superannuated superstar to jump on the “I hate regie” bandwagon.

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