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  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: How about “Cackle and be Flat?” 6:35 PM
  • irontongue: Krunoslav and Marianne, right you are. Sorry; I should have checked the Met archive first. 6:06 PM
  • grimoaldo: Well Camille dear I don’t really feel this is the place for me to pontificate on British politics. I will say that the... 5:52 PM
  • Camille: I noted that, and thank you for the reminder. I have always been fond of Godard’s music, the few songs I was familiar with,... 5:32 PM
  • NPW-Paris: My excuse for posting this is that it’s a little-performed work in French, and I’m sticking to it. The truth is... 5:32 PM
  • leosweill: nevermind, some words: my reaction = her face in the still that YouTube’s algorithmic spirits decided to bless us with. 5:30 PM
  • leosweill: httpv://www.youtub Kikmx8o Edita Gruberova, two days ago, singing Glitter and be Gay. No words. 5:28 PM
  • NPW-Paris: I see Bru Zane are going to issue Benjamin Godard’s opera Dante. 5:19 PM

At sunset

FlemingEven before James Levine announced his retirement as Music Director, one of this week’s concerts by the Met Orchestra at Carnegie Hall had a valedictory feel having nothing to do with Levine. Although it was not announced as such, 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.  Read more »

“This is the very ecstasy of love”

Amleto 1The grand illusion is that we know it all. From four hundred years of opera, we’ve distilled the worthy survivors. There are opera lovers who believe that—there are certainly impresarios who believe it—in the teeth of all the evidence: the forgotten rep that is revived with astonishing success (baroque, bel canto, verismo). And then there are operas that were never part of the repertory, stuffed in a drawer and forgotten, today recovered and necessary: Les Troyens, Gezeichneten, Mitridate, Ermione, Maria Stuarda. Will Franco Faccio’s Amleto join them?  Read more »

Snow business

bohemeLos Angeles saw the first U.S. performance of Giacomo Puccini’s snow-dusted weeper in 1897 just a year after the young Toscanini led the prima in Turin. LA Opera in its unending, some might say hellbent, quest to engage the company town in the art of the lyric theatre invited film director, former Broadway choreographer and perennial Academy Award nominee Herbert Ross, of Turning Point and Steel Magnolias fame, to stage our latest production of La Bohème way back in 1993.  Read more »


Community service

Regina Opera almost completely fulfilled its mission Saturday afternoon with their production of Manon Lescaut.

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Shooting in low light

What we really need, some seem to believe, is fuller representation of the 19th century.

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Orchids, tiaras, minks, ermines and top hats

A biopic entitled Florence Foster Jenkins, marvelously directed by Stephen Frears of Philomena and The Queen fame, stars the actress that never ceases to amaze us all, Meryl Streep, as Mme. Jenkins.

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Special guest Heldenreizerin

WNO’s first complete Ring Cycle continued Monday evening with a revamped version of the Die Walküre first seen at the Kennedy Center in 2007.

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Burden of gilt

Happily, this Rheingold, which returned to the Kennedy Center Saturday night to open the first of three complete cycles, has been shorn of its clumsier gestures.

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Site unseen

Giuseppe 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.

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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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