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  • zinka: Could someone por favor explain to yours truly why the Met Stuarda this evening was attended by the number of people that might fit... 1:07 PM
  • marshiemarkII: That’s very sweet of you manoucee querida. Rest assured that even when not participating, I try to always keep up... 12:59 PM
  • JohninSeattle: Excellent write up. I never saw her live but I did read the bios. I was struck by how seriously she undertook her... 12:52 PM
  • Pia Ngere-Liu: Henry van Orsu, Tosca parlate? Cornelia se Henry? 12:49 PM
  • messa di voce: God, that picture of the young Netrebko – out of this world beauty. 12:45 PM
  • messa di voce: So finally we have an explanation – Opolais nixed JK because she couldn’t stand the stubble. 12:43 PM
  • armerjacquino: Soderstrom’s own book is brilliant, if you haven’t read it. 12:43 PM
  • NPW-Paris: There’s a lot of it about. 12:38 PM

Upbeat news

Put your hands together for Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who has been named Musical America‘s Artist of the Year. (Photo via Facebook)

Crabbecake

Born on this day in 1908 American swimmer and actor Buster Crabbe. Read more »

A Magnetizer and a Wandering Goy walk into a bar

The visit of the Mariinsky Theater’s resident company to the glittering opera house of the Brooklyn Academy of Music consists of three ballet programs with starry casts preceded, last night, by a single performance of Rodion Shchedrin’s opera, The Enchanted Wanderer.  Read more »

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You got a brand new key signature

You can call Robert Lepage many things (and the critics have!), but one thing you cannot call him is “inflexible.”

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Chest desserts

The Platonic ideal of the barihunk has arrived, and his name is John Chest. The 25-year-old dreamboat is the winner of the 2010 Stella Maris International Vocal Competition, where he sang music by Rossini, Korngold, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Britten. According to a charmingly phrased press release, “Chest was put forward by the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, where he is a member of the Opera Studio.” Another glimpse of Chest, after the jump.

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Turn your eyes away

Which would-be hunk has taken to stripping off his shirt in mid-rehearsal? He eventually covers his tawny torso with a t-shirt, but meanwhile he basks like an infant in his Met colleagues’ gaze.

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