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She has immortal longings in her

All right, folks, if you’re going to troll La Cieca, you might try just a little subtlety.  Read more »

The sprite in you

Yesterday’s first half of the Rusalka video overview took us from literalism toward Regietheater. Today’s conclusion, covering filmed performances of Dvorák’s opera since 2010, charts the progression in reverse.   Read more »

White blossoms scorched by the sun

When Kristine Opolais turns her gaze moonward in Mary Zimmerman‘s new Rusalka on Thursday, Dvorák’s 1901 opera will be receiving just its second Met production. Ms. Opolais joins an exclusive club. The Met’s only prior Rusalkas have been Renée Fleming (18 performances), Gabriela Benacková (8) and Gwynne Geyer (one, and immortality as an opera trivia stumper).   Read more »

It has become that time of morning

Renée Fleming doesn’t sound Southern. In fact, she doesn’t even sound Earthian.

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The expression “and then I clicked close tab” gets thrown around a lot these days…

“An adventurous mix of music by Samuel Barber, Anders Hillborg and Björk…”

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Geh such dir die Stars vom vergangenen Jahr!

Tristan has been the season-launching opera three times before now, but good luck finding someone to provide a firsthand account of the last time.

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Tucker everlasting

The Richard Tucker Music Foundation’s annual gala promises (note, promises) a particularly glittery roster this year.

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At sunset

Sunday afternoon’s all-Richard Strauss concert served as a de facto commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the debut of Renée Fleming, long one of the house’s biggest stars.

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Der Snuggiekavalier

The Met’s cobranding efforts are really beginning to pay off.

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Our Lady of Perpetual Indulgence

If I were Renée Fleming, I, too, would indulge myself.

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