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  • Poison Ivy: Thanks for that compilation coloraturafan! (And thanks manou). I like Kunde’s high F the... 12:01 PM
  • kashania: Agreed. I was surprised that he even went for the F. That takes guts. The fact that he was ever... 11:59 AM
  • Operngasse: Thank you PI for reproducing this review. The only performance of I Puritani I have seen was... 11:51 AM
  • manou: Gualtier kindly posted this yesterday in the chat httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=xZ3u Ptm1Oyc I... 11:49 AM
  • Poison Ivy: The F last night definitely didn’t sound that good, but then again, this was 2008, and 6... 11:47 AM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: I think you’d approve of the idea of Isolde – act I is very dramatic and... 11:39 AM
  • bluecabochon: You’ll “let me” be right? Come on. You aren’t interested in the... 11:32 AM
  • kashania: I did not hear last night’s performance but Brownlee has sung the high F very convincingly... 11:24 AM
  • Tamino: herTz that is, cycles per second, that is. Not “heart” ; ; ) 11:18 AM
  • uwsinnyc: Great review. I only heard it over the radio but found the same qualities you so perfectly... 11:18 AM

Critical care

The experience of watching Wagner’s final opera Parsifal is frequently elevated to a spiritual occurrence, and productions have historically emphasized the religious dimension of the opera’s core themes of redemption and the dangers of temptation.  Two recent productions, both mounted in recognition of Wagner’s bicentenary, offer a departure from such heady pseudo-sacred conventions, and allow the piece to stand on its own as a challenging, yet rewarding musical journey about the power of one young man—who does not even know his own name—to save a kingdom.   Read more »

Mama’s talkin’ loud

Rêve divin! Heureux délire!Sleep soundly tonight, Kasper Holten: your Vêpres Siciliennes casting problem has just been solved! Read more »

A song at twilight

Yes, you’ve heard it already, but you might as well have an official place to talk about it: Marina Poplavskaya goes on tonight in Les Vêpres siciliennes at the Royal Opera House. But wait, there’s more. Read more »

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A Faustian bargain

What we have here is the grandest opera never heard.

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The burning Ghars, or Ghats, or whatever they are

Lots of chatter in the British press about the Rowley rowdydow at the Garden.

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Bringing up baby

La Cieca hears that Diana Damrau has withdrawn from the Royal Opera’s production of Robert le Diable (due to open December 6) because of pregnancy.

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Garden variety

Kasper Holten, director of the hunkalicious film Juan as well as current artistic director of Royal Danish Opera, will succeed Elaine Padmore as director of opera at the Royal Opera House starting next year. [The Stage]

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Old-fashioned

I saw the final dress rehearsal of Adriana Lecouvreur at the Royal Opera House on Monday this week, and I think I have never seen the place so crowded for such an event. No wonder, for here was a cast you might dream of, in a highly finished piece of work mounted by one of our finest directors, shown without any perceptible hitch.

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Not sure what this is about, but I have a hunch

Trash television gets the “royal” treatment. [Danny Knows Best]

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Put on your Tuesday clothes

La Cieca’s old, old, old friend Intermezzo (not pictured) reacts to last night’s prima of Manon at the Royal Opera: Anna Netrebko “sang strongly, the voice fuller and darker than ever before, looking gorgeous” and Vittorio Grigolo‘s “technique and stamina were truly spectacular.” The pair “were, deservedly, a huge hit with the audience…. authentic and vital.” The Laurent Pelly production offers “some stylish stage pictures, but his storytelling doesn’t hang together.” [Intermezzo]

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