Cher Public

  • kashania: My confusion, Marianne. I was thinking of Christopher Corwin’s podcast from Covent Garden. But I did listen to your Met... 12:15 PM
  • DeepSouthSenior: Now Mrs. DSS and I are faced with a dilemma: During our trip to the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas next month, which do we... 12:00 PM
  • sycorax: “Two games of musical chairs are currently distracting New York’s classical-music critics. The first concerns the... 11:57 AM
  • Gualtier M: For those ladies (biological or otherwise) among us who appreciate that sort of thing here is more about these two gentlemen... 11:56 AM
  • DeepSouthSenior: I’ve mentioned several times that I play Met Opera on Demand through the app on my iPad, then via AirPlay to the... 11:51 AM
  • la vociaccia: Even the staunchest of his supporters (of which I decidedly am not) would have to admit that this role (and others like it)... 11:31 AM
  • DerLeiermann: why is this a double post? If the powers that be could delete one of the duplicated posts, that would be great. 11:20 AM
  • Cicciabella: Oh dear. BMW couldn’t foot the dress bill in exchange for Ange draping herself on one of their bonnets? 11:19 AM


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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