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  • Will: Vishnevskaya died four years ago in her mid-80s. I wonder if anybody at the MET ever considered inviting her to do the Old Countess.... 5:40 PM
  • PCally: Bill-I imagine that Benackova was quite fine in the role and that Stratas was compelling, though truth be told I’ve never... 5:36 PM
  • Cicciabella: Coincidentally, I’m watching this Pique Dame from the Liceu. So far the overture does not bode well, but Emily Magee is... 5:13 PM
  • Bill: P Cally – Benackova was a wonderful sounding Lisa. I first heard the opera at the Met with Stratas and Felicia Weathers and... 5:09 PM
  • Edward George: Here is Michael Volpe’s latest video in which he persuades some friends to try opera for the first time:... 5:07 PM
  • armerjacquino: CK wasn’t saying that the singers themselves were in any way worthy of ridicule. You must have been here long enough... 4:57 PM
  • mercadante: So far my favorite Lisa has been Stefka Evstatieva whom I saw in Philly with Crespin, Popov. 4:54 PM
  • Constantine A. Papas: Netrebko is the only opera singer that can go over the “edge” with impunity. As long as she delivers,... 4:51 PM

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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