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  • Dabrowski: This whole thing makes my blood boil, and I’ve probably said all I have to say on it.... 4:58 PM
  • m. croche: With a Russian invasion of Ukraine underway, perhaps it’s time to revisit an interview that... 4:25 PM
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  • kashania: I really don’t think that’s in the cards, especially after the backlash that Gelb has... 3:49 PM
  • steveac10: With cast they own (Dramatic Mezzo, Light tenor, operetta baritone and assorted basses) –... 3:48 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: If they are successful in blocking the production, what a huge buyout that would be. What... 3:12 PM
  • Camille: Right you are, Clita, and that was precisely what I had in mind! The stuffy and self-satisfied Mrs.... 2:57 PM
  • decotodd: You can catch many of Shearer’s pre-code titles next month on TCM, which is doing a festival... 2:53 PM
  • Clita del Toro: Cammiest. You have to see Norma’s “pre-code 221; movies, where she plays... 2:31 PM

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 »

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. Read more »

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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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From the chat of the dead

La Cieca invites all you Deadheads to chat during tonight’s Met season premiere of From the House of the Dead. The chat begins at 7:45 pm. Sirius/XM RealNetworks from metopera.org

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