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  • PushedUpMezzo: Dame Angela Lansbury receiving her honour from HM http://www.bbc.co. uk/news/enterta... 6:01 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Well in this month’s Opernglas there is an interview with Nucci and he says now that... 5:49 AM
  • PushedUpMezzo: That Carmelites menu is ridiculous – as if the Sisters would be downing Ruinart... 5:43 AM
  • oedipe: The Vienna live streams are expensive, but one has to compare what is comparable. For 120$ (88€) you... 5:29 AM
  • PushedUpMezzo: Nucci has recently been job-sharing with Domingo, at least at Covent Garden in Nabucco and... 5:29 AM
  • Constantine A. Papas: When something goes wrong, the easy way out is to blame someone else. If Gelb is... 5:15 AM
  • Billys Butt: Is this super nasty, mean opening really necessary? Yes, I get the point, Opolais doesn’t... 5:11 AM
  • laddie: You are right, it is expensive and I have no plans to purchase but found it to be quite advanced... 5:07 AM
  • laddie: The cabaletta is on facebook and the cantabile is on the Met web site. 5:04 AM
  • tiger1dk: Ms Millo still sings very well, so well that she should be doing much more than she is. But I am... 4:58 AM

Bark, not Bayreuth

Is Der Ring des Nibelungen responsible for the transformation of Seattle from a gray, damp, low-rise Boeing company town where half the jokes had punchlines in Norwegian (and were about lutefisk in any case) into today's booming cultural metropolis? I like to think so. The Ring has certainly been central to the process, in three incarnations over almost forty years. Read more »

Our retrospection will now be all to the future


La Cieca predicts you will be seeing more of the same old puritans at the Met next season, and she’s not just talking about the ones who slouch around during intermission hissing, “You call that a trill?” But uou will also see six new productions (including a Met premiere of a 21st century work) and the local debut of one of opera’s most controversial stage directors. Read more »

A boozy short leave

After 23 years, the Queen of Carthage has finally made it to Manhattan. On Wednesday night, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival hosted the Mark Morris Dance Group’s acclaimed 1989 production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Rose Theater, and Morris who created the double role of Dido and the Sorceress for himself and danced it exclusively for over a decade was there–this time as conductor–with Stephanie Blythe singing the two roles from the pit as she had done last fall in Berkeley.   Read more »