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  • Poison Ivy: Well I disagree. I think Don Giovanni’s second act loses a lot of steam. Almost everything... 4:53 PM
  • operaassport: Great review but I must disagree with your first few paragraphs. Giovanni is absolute perfect... 4:40 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Here’s a clip on youtube I found of the Leporello/Don Giovanni action: httpv://www.you... 4:17 PM
  • spiderman: Bretz has 7 kids … While he is a great singer and a fabulous actor, I think it is still too... 4:12 PM
  • ML: Tsymbalyuk would make an interesting Don! I don’t care for Frizza, who conducts the other DVD. 4:11 PM
  • kashania: When I made my post, I was still in Act I but yes, he’s wonderful. Even a few years in the... 3:54 PM
  • Nero Wolfe: Did you ever see Stratas in The Canadians? http://www.imdb.co m/title/tt0054715/ ?ref_=nm_flmg_... 3:37 PM
  • mskapay: Indeed, but he is only just 50, which isn’t wildly out there for a male singer, and he’s... 3:29 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Perhaps the original pirates. The Mapleson Cylinders. I love this clip from Tosca. It sounds like... 3:25 PM
  • mirywi: According to my ears, it’s Mr MacNeil who is the surprise vocal standout in that Tosca. 2:54 PM

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.” Having already tweaked a number of details in his Ring production that did not create the desired effect in their first viewing, the Canadian Cagliostro is now in the process of restaging whole segments of the cycle for the Met’s 2012-13 presentation. A glimpse at the new look for the final scene of Die Walküre after the jump. Read more »

Chest desserts

three_chestsThe 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. Read more »

Turn your eyes away

bette_blindWhich 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.