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  • Porgy Amor: I read mixed reviews for Sparafucile recently, but I wondered how much that was the production.... 7:25 PM
  • Milady DeWinter: Dazzling, Camille. Both volumes of “Command Performance” may be THE Sutherland... 7:25 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Mr. Speedo will be on your alte Jungfer’s Mixcloud Website in about two... 7:15 PM
  • Avantialouie: Congratulations to Kelsey from a member of the Chicago audience who heard him often during his... 6:41 PM
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  • Porgy Amor: Darn. I was sure the mystery link was going to be to Julie Christie classing up a frontier... 6:29 PM
  • Camille: Ingeborg Gillebo of Norway was a last minute sub on the Tucker Gala, wasn’t she, singing... 5:52 PM
  • Camille: Oh yes, my parents got to hear Swarthout in their college days and invariably referred to her as... 5:36 PM
  • Camille: Well, that reminds me of another thing: Don José stood and listened to and witnessed Carmen’s... 5:18 PM
  • marshiemarkII: And Quinn was absolutely sublime as Marcello at the beginning of the season, saw him twice and... 5:05 PM

When she has sung her songs

Given Anna Netrebko‘s continuing success at the Met in Macbeth (as evidenced by an mid-scene “brava” in last night’s Sirius broadcast), it’s time to think about the future—specifically her local assignments for next season.   Read more »

Namenlos in Lieb’ umfangen

SiriusXM is broadcasting right now a 1981 performance of Tristan und Isolde featuring Gwyneth Jones (pictured) and Spas Wenkoff, with James Levine conducting the work that season for the first time in his career. And yet, here’s an operatic mystery: neither Ms. Jones nor Mr. Wenkoff was the casting originally conceived by Mr. Levine for this revival: they joined the cast fairly late in the game. So, who among the cher public can tell us which two familiar Met artists were supposed to sing these roles?

The Met: What is to be done?

Coming as Peter Gelb did from the music industry, opera lovers hoped that he would display a more distinctive knack for casting and an improved talent pipeline than Joe Volpe offered during the waning years of his tenure.   Read more »

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Anna of the thousands dazed

Tonight’s the night, cher public, traditionally the busiest of the year here at parterre. Complete details on the opening night performance of Anna Bolena after the jump.

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Doge ball

As La Cieca always so magnanimously says, “E vo gridando: pace! E vo gridando: chat!” The subject of today’s discussion is Simon Boccanegra, live from the Met at 1:00 pm.

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We are listening

UPDATE: The Traviata chat is beginning in preparation for the 8:00 start time of tonight’s performance.

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Lascivious wassails

If you feel like discussing the Sirius broadcast of Antony and Cleopatra, here’s the place.

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Votre chat, je peux vous le rendre

The last parterre chat of 2009, Carmen from the Met, begins at 6:00 pm for a 6:30 curtain. 

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Wo bleibt der Chat?

Here’s the place for all your chatting needs, cher public, during tonight’s broadcast of Elektra from the Met. The official chat begins at 7:45 pm for an 8:00 curtain. 

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It’s Pat!

Tonight’s Met season premiere of Il trittico features Patricia Racette‘s first local whack at the three heroines, which means La Cieca expects the parterre posse to be out in force. Check back here at parterre.com beginning at 7:45 for a live chat coinciding with the Sirius/RealNetworks broadcast of the Puccini three-parter.

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