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Cher Public

  • Camille: I prefer to moan to MOHN! My hunky hung Hungarian daze are long since vanished, I fear! So glad to... 4:07 PM
  • Cicciabella: You call your husband Herzog, Camille? I call mine “Knecht̶ 1;. 4:02 PM
  • Camille: I am too old to know who Taylor Schilling is so I googled and found out, ’cause thought it... 4:01 PM
  • La Cieca: Rowna, “Herzog̶ 1; is the German word for “Duke.” ; In German theaters, the... 3:49 PM
  • antikitschychick: Your frustration is perfectly understandable. Hopefully it won’t get worse after this... 3:39 PM
  • Camille: Oh Mistress Rowna, pay no heed to my Herzogin’ around. I am just having fun. You should know... 3:37 PM
  • Bill: Jungfer – I have seen Bluebeard a number of times in Budapest coupled with the Miraculous... 3:36 PM
  • armerjacquino: Chenier is on the radio right now. You’ll be able to find it on the BBC site. 3:28 PM
  • ding ding: Chenier broadcast live as I type. http://www.bbc.co. uk/programmes/b050 sgmc 3:28 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Oy gewalt! Herzog Blaubart = Duke Bluebeard 3:18 PM

Saxon violence

His shaved head in striking contrast to his dark beard and glinting eyes, the implacable Tartar conqueror glowers at us from the CD cover, while the uncropped photo of countertenor Xavier Sabata (above) is even more disturbing, featuring his raised fist and forearm tightly wrapped in a leather belt. Read more »

Lost and found

I remember when the Willy Decker production of La Traviata was first announced at the Met. There was much pearl-clutching that it would limit casting to sopranos who could fit into the “little red dress” and also how the production was vulgar, cheap, scandalous, and Verdi was turning over in his grave.  Read more »

Étoile

Olga Peretyatko has officially left the chorus. The former member of the children’s choir at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg is experiencing a meteoric rise, and for good reason. She has talent in spades and, fortunately, has elected to inject her energies into the bel canto repertoire.   Read more »

Clemenza

Capitol gains

Clemency tends to get a bad rap these days, as polities demand swift action by leaders whose mandates to govern are violently threatened by “terrorists.”

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dagger

Daggers are a thane’s best friend

A Birnam Wood of Macbeths and Ladys has come traipsing through New York this year.

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Die Meistersinger

It’s complicated

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is a problematic opera—or, rather, it is an opera that has, in the last century or so, become problematic.

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Markheim

American verismo

The Little Opera Theater of New York (LOTNY) is presenting a double-cast run of two of Floyd’s early one-acts, Slow Dusk and Markheim.

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Natalie Dessay

Regni Dessay

Almost exactly twenty years after her auspicious Metropolitan Opera debut as the Fiakermilli in Arabella and a year following what she has claims was her final appearance on the operatic stage, Natalie Dessay returned Sunday afternoon to Lincoln Center—to sing opera.

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Mimi Bouffes

The coast of Bohemia

What would you do if I asked you to take a old, faded version of Puccini’s score for La Bohème and fill in the unreadable parts with a mélange of disco, kabarett, and Alban Berg?

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Elena Mosuc

Oh ciel! Che intendo!

Heaven temporarily relocated to the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Sunday evening for a concert performance of Rossini’s revered but rarely heard Semiramide.

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