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  • Camille: Hmmmm…..when I heard him sing Otello at Carnegie a few years ago with Muti et al, I thought it would develop more over time.... 12:22 AM
  • Niel Rishoi: I listened to the “O patria mia” and “Un bel di 3 times each. My word. What a full-bodied, luscious tone,... 12:11 AM
  • Camille: NO more Adinas, that is. Adriana is very nice and the triumphant “L’asp etto!!” at the end of the Butterfly is... 12:08 AM
  • pavel: That there’s some luscious singing! Spasibo to whoever recorded this, and to La Cieca for posting it. 12:05 AM
  • Camille: Bella e brava! This time no breathing in middle of words. As close as she could get to what the composer had indicated. That C... 11:29 PM
  • Camille: Exhibit A: httpv://youtube.co m/watch?v=FwhFusHe 00c Exhibit B: httpv://youtube.co m/watch?v=FwD5-Tas Hec 11:01 PM
  • gustave of montreal: Elle roupillait la vilaine 10:45 PM
  • Camille: httpv://youtube.co m/watch?v=pHDJ3YXH 4yU 10:43 PM

Fou fighter

It is easy to become overly identified with opera—as a cleverer friend of mine once noted: being a sports fan is an interest, but if you like opera, everyone thinks of it as a crippling obsession. Les Troyens doesn’t help matters; “I’m going to a four hour opera,” you tell someone, trying to convey the magnitude of Troyens, but somehow it seems not to hint at the right degree of lunacy, so the next time, you include intermissions and say “I’m going to a five hour opera” and up and up it goes until you admit, between puffs on your gauloise, that everyone was right and you must be tres fou.   Read more »

The woman in Greene

Susan Graham (pictured) and Piotr Beczala are the latest additions to the roster of “WQXR Presents Metropolitan Opera Spring Highlights” at The Greene Space on Monday, April 6 at 7:00 PM. And a lucky parterrian +1 will be special guests at the event!   Read more »

Le roi danse

“This summer, [Susan] Graham will cap her season in Paris by making her role debut as Anna in The King and I at the Théâtre du Châtelet (June 13-29).”

Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

West side, east side

Recently, opera showed up at both Mets, the Metropolitan Opera and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Teen spirit

La Cieca thought it would be amusing to do a bit of speculation about what’s to come as we approach the middle of the decade.

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She’s Tyred

Elizabeth Bishop will sing Didon today at the Met, replacing an ailing Susan Graham.

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new_puritans

Our retrospection will now be all to the future

La Cieca predicts you won’t be seeing any puritans at the Met next season, except of course for the ones who slouch around during intermission hissing, “You call that a trill?”

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