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  • siegmund: Westbroek has sung Isolde before, in Nov/Dec 2013 in Dresden and i think she had positive reviews. 2:33 PM
  • PCally: Interesting I wasn’t aware of this. I’m not really sure Isolde is a very good option for... 2:07 PM
  • PCally: Ivy I actually had never thought of that. She sang at Stuggart for years in all three Janacek parts,... 2:06 PM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: He was quite entrancing the one time I saw him live, which was as Wolfram, but I don’t... 2:05 PM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: I think that’s true Ivy – I’ve heard Westbroek give thrillingly secure... 2:02 PM
  • decotodd: I saw the operas at the HD on Saturday, and largely concur with JJ. The woman next to me had never... 2:00 PM
  • Hippolyte: Westbroek simply canceled the Isoldes at Bayreuth. She hasn’t dropped the role–she&... 1:39 PM
  • No Expert: I have loved Blegen’s version of this one for decades. httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=g... 1:28 PM
  • baridave: Puzzling performance: moments of real tonal beauty, with, IMHO, off-putting straight tone and going... 1:21 PM
  • Poison Ivy: another thing about EMW is that even though she only made her Met debut in 2011 she’s been... 1:17 PM

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 »

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 »

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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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