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  • Poison Ivy: And I ask this because when I saw the POB (they came to NYC two years ago) the casting was... 7:58 PM
  • Poison Ivy: While we’re at it does the POB attract a similar young crowd? Or does ballet/dance attract... 7:54 PM
  • oedipe: BTW, the ONP has just published its 2013 accounts. It seems that the average age of the audience last... 7:47 PM
  • steveac10: Unless you’re a once in a generatio artist, is it really possible to get more than a golf... 7:39 PM
  • oedipe: Not the prettiest high notes, but they were there and well projected. Unfortunately, she didn’t... 7:37 PM
  • fletcher: Thanks for the info, oedipe. As for the audience being young, I think you’re right to credit... 7:35 PM
  • -Ed.: See? Better to wear an emerald necklace, like I do. Emeralds do not countenance vulgar clutching. At... 7:31 PM
  • Poison Ivy: How was Urmana’s top in Isolde? Last time I heard her she definitely had problematic high... 7:22 PM
  • Clita del Toro: I heard only parts of Puritani last night: additionally, the clip from the Met and several... 7:17 PM
  • Flora del Rio Grande: jacquino: I always make a point to review Ms. Racette’s bosom when I cover her... 7:04 PM

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)

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. Read more »

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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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Ring? What ring?

All right, I admit it; I finally broke down and read the program notes for the Ring in the Bayreuth program book.

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