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  • LT: Polenzani was wonderful in his role. Costello? He would have needed CPR during his aria. 8:39 PM
  • Niel Rishoi: Antikitschychick, thank you for remembering what I wrote. The final scene of Roberto Devereux, like that of Norma, rarely... 7:35 PM
  • Patrick Mack: Excellent review Mr. Baker and but this “….but had fully recovered in time for an exhilarating Sieglinde pep... 7:28 PM
  • armerjacquino: Good luck with the exams and congrats on the clerkship, Yoda. 7:21 PM
  • derschatzgabber: At both of the Walkure performances I saw in SFO (once when Walkure was in the Fall season and once during a complete... 6:59 PM
  • antikitschychick: Gualtier, I thought about what and Niel Rishoi had to say about La Rad’s voice as I was watching the Roberto... 6:09 PM
  • antikitschychick: armerj: LOL a good point that is. Debating a more apt word is. Stressed out I am and two more final exams to go I have... 5:28 PM
  • Cicciabella: Ah, thank you, Porgy, for setting the record straight. 5:11 PM

Special guest Heldenreizerin

Walkure 1WNO’s first complete Ring Cycle continued Monday evening with a revamped version of the Die Walküre first seen at the Kennedy Center in 2007. The evening was to feature British soprano Catherine Foster, recently the Brunnhilde in that Soviet gangster energy politics Ring at Bayreuth. Unfortunately, she injured her ankle during a dress rehearsal last week and had to withdraw from Monday’s performance. On the other hand, her extremely luxurious cover turned out to be none other than Christine GoerkeRead more »

Burden of gilt

rheingoldWhen Francesca Zambello’s production of Das Rheingold opened in DC a decade ago I was not a fan. Glibly described as an “American” or “environmental” Ring, it seemed poised to buckle under the weight of its own self-importance. If the actual production offered more than the elevator pitch implied, it still felt overly invested in shoehorning the Ring into some bigger scheme for dubious purposes, an exercise which quickly grew tedious in practice.  Read more »

Site unseen

giovanna amazonGiuseppe Verdi was so unhappy with the first production of his Giovanna d’Arco at La Scala in 1845 that he swore an oath to himself that he would never entrust that theatre with a prima again. His other vow was to never speak with the impresario Bartolomeo Merelli after he oversaw what Verdi considered a substandard mounting and then had the audacity to sell the rights of the score out from under him to Ricordi. La Scala waited twenty-four years, until the Italian revision of his La Forza del Destino, before he finally relented.
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Devereux

Screen queen

This season’s Met Donizetti Tudor Trilogy concluded with Roberto Devereux, given its penultimate performance by HD transmission Saturday, April 16. It is good to see these works finally given here; they are too important, too crucial a part of the operatic repertory to have been ignored for as long as they have. 

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Entfuhrung 2

Cold Turkey

The no-star, slapstick revival of John Dexter’s 37-year-old production of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail that opened Friday night proved James Levine’s tenure as Music Director of the Met will end in two weeks with neither a whimper nor a bang.

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Goerne

A free soul

To be honest, I have never seen anything quite like Matthias Goerne in recital. He seemed so wonderfully free.

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Gioconda

Il giocondo

With six leads in Gioconda, you can reliably hope that three or four will be worth listening to, or why would they have revived the opera?

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Fetex

Venice to society

I was, to my astonishment, quite bored.

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Ghosts amazon

Stop me if you’ve heard this one

Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette, and a slew of their members of court are hanging out in the afterlife…

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Elektra 3

Bleak house

The haunted Mycenae of Patrice Chéreau’s enthralling production of Richard Strauss’s Elektra had seized its viewers in an unrelenting vise that never relaxed even at its quietly shattering conclusion.

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