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  • Feldmarschallin: Petra Lang is singing the Isolde next year in Bayreuth. 1:06 AM
  • Bluebeard: I think someone told me Kampe’s not doing Walkure next year (no word if she’ll do Isolde), so I’m guessing... 11:55 PM
  • erricco: such chauvinism is pathetic 11:39 PM
  • Krunoslav: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=T9iM qd6T9O0 Tom Krause was a great artist, in opera recital and concert rep–also a... 11:32 PM
  • Donna Anna: Sorry for the error. This is the variation… httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=YHnN iuSxoIc 11:13 PM
  • Donna Anna: Not an opera or a song cycle, but my favorite variation on the theme of Alice, with the luminous Coral Browne, the last film... 11:13 PM
  • Camille: www.themorgan.org Look for Alice underground. 8:40 PM
  • Camille: Speaking of Alice: at The Morgan Library www,themorgan.org there currently an exhibition devoted to the 150th year commemoration... 8:39 PM

The devil is in the details

Certain operas are better in theory than practice. Boito’s Mefistofele has some undoubtedly fine tunes, and is perhaps neck-and-neck with Boris Godunov as a top bass star vehicle. But as an opera, it only works in fits and starts. For one, the fidelity to Goethe’s Faust gives the libretto a rather episodic, detached feel.

Gounod’s Faust might be a lot cheesier but it’s also more tightly focused and thus better theater. Boito’s opera has some some stunning choral work in the Prologue and Epilogue, a famous tune in Margherita’s lament “La altra notte” and an extremely enjoyable “Walpurgis Nacht” act but also a lot of filler. It’s not a long opera but it feels endless.   Read more »

The diva wears Prada

“Oubliez le XVIIIè siècle. A l’Opéra Comique, Platée s’installe sur les podiums d’une fashion week parisienne!” Unfortunately, the video of this performance is not available in the US: La Cieca will keep you updated. Meanwhile, take a look at DeCaffarrelli’s review of last night’s concert performance.

Nymph errant

“German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld is a household name; 18th-century French composer Jean-Philippe Rameau isn’t.” [amNewYork]

Sir John and the horse

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?

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rigoletto

The rise of the clowns

What better way to spend a lazy Friday afternoon in midsummer than watching a webcast of Rigoletto?

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Behind the red curtain

It was indeed a curious sensation  making a late morning trek to East 59th Street, a block devoted to showro0ms for bizarre upscale furniture and lighting fixtures, and then to enter a boutique cinema specializing in Hindi films (the big coming attraction right now is Desi Boyz) — and all this before sitting down in an auditiorium half- full of retirees to see a live performance of Don Giovanni from La Scala. That it worked as a Mozart experience I think can be chalked up to two factors: Robert Carsen‘s production and the constantly improving (if still imperfect) HD technology. 

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Mirror, mirror

La Cieca is just back from the HD of Don Giovanni from La Scala: excellent singing through the whole cast, strong conducting (if tending to the slow side) by Daniel Barenboim, and a smart, chic production from Robert Carsen that frankly makes Michael Grandage look like an utter bumpkin. The presentation will repeat here in New York (and elsewhere) in coming days.

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