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  • kashania: I will. Like you, I haven’t heard Lopardo in years and am really looking forward to hearing... 1:02 PM
  • kashania: Oops, my comment was supposed to go in response operajunky’s comment. I did see Written on... 12:58 PM
  • kashania: Yeah, she’s a low soprano for sure. 12:56 PM
  • jackoh: Allow me to offer a defense of the McVicar Cav, which I liked better than his Pag. In the same... 12:43 PM
  • norma54: Agree with almost everything in the review…. ESPECIALLY the awful, distracting and... 12:40 PM
  • danpatter: I saw the HD telecast, so my perspective is different, of course. I hated the Cav production,... 11:43 AM
  • tatiana: Thanks for another thorough and perceptive review, JJ. I saw this in HD–no real intention to... 11:40 AM
  • Satisfied: Aside: Written on Skin tickets went on-sale today to the general public. Promises to be a... 11:39 AM
  • PCally: I think she’s aware of that because she sings Santuzza, Cassandra, and Didon and recently... 11:39 AM
  • JohninSeattle: The Judith Blegen clip is wonderful. Thanks for that. She was always a personal favorite 11:39 AM

Protestant movement

La Cieca is sure that Meyerbeer fanatics will be delighted to hear that the Royal Opera House Covent Garden is preparing a new staging of Les Huguenots with Elina Garanca (presumably as Valentine), Bryan Hymel (Raoul) and Diana Damrau (not pictured) as the Queen. No word yet on which role Christine Rice will be assigned.

Whippersnappers invade lawn

“A lot seems to be spent on productions that simply aren’t worth it. There seems to be a somewhat useless quest among directors for novelty and something alternative at any price. I wish managements could get directors and designers away from the idea that somehow or other they’ve got to do something different,” grumbled a 90-year-old. [The Telegraph]

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 »

Rêve divin! Heureux délire!

Mama’s talkin’ loud

Sleep soundly tonight, Kasper Holten: your Vêpres Siciliennes casting problem has just been solved!

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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.

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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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