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  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Here is the version of the Kinghoffer sisters’ statement as published in the JTA.... 11:07 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Actually, when one understands how difficult it can be for people who are not used to... 10:59 PM
  • Satisfied: Apparently the protesters got bored and left halfway through, I hardly heard a peep in the second... 10:37 PM
  • mirywi: . I don’t see how protest that led to censorship has anything to do with making opera relevant. 10:24 PM
  • Bill: Zinka – well Gertrude Grob-Prandl did not make alot of commercial recordings and was a fine... 9:43 PM
  • uwsinnyc: Just read the insert from the daughters in the Playbill. Very thoughtfully and well written. Also... 9:28 PM
  • brahseph: The booing was louder for Wilson’s Lohengrin :) Btw it sounded like the disruptor tonight was... 9:08 PM
  • Satisfied: Surpassingly, very little ruckus so far. Some shouts during musical pauses, but nothing... 9:01 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Just to put that in context, this was just published by the Wall Street... 8:59 PM
  • philomel: And there it is. A man is yelling “The murderer of Klinghoffer will never be forgiven!R... 8:45 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.