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  • Leontynes Weave: Hmmm. So the economy gets the blame for revivals of Gelb’s productions getting bad... 10:33 PM
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  • rysanekfreak: Didn’t realize this. Thanks for the link to the article. Was it broadcast? Of course,... 10:06 PM
  • phoenix: They did it at the Oberfrankenhalle in Bayreuth last year. http://www.nytimes .com/2013/07/17... 9:46 PM
  • Krunoslav: Maltman would make a fine Ottokar. The idea of him being here is that Kaspar is a part as beyond... 9:41 PM
  • rysanekfreak: I guess Bayreuth is never going to do Rienzi. I thought I had heard hints a few years ago that... 9:27 PM
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  • kashania: Well, Ian, I doubt that the maintenance is all that costly in comparison to the number times a year... 9:13 PM
  • ianw2: Not to totally nitpick, but those seats do cost money whether they are occupied or not- cleaning,... 9:08 PM
  • Signor Bruschino: Wow- someone who has been directing opera consistently since his mid-20′s (with... 8:57 PM

Deliberate cruelty is unforgivable

For the second performance of Renée Fleming‘s “Perspectives” performances at Carnegie Hall she chose a semi-staged version of André Previn‘s A Streetcar Named Desire, with the “People’s Diva” herself in the iconic role of the unstable Blanche DuBois.  Bravo to her for choosing an opera based on an American subject matter that had yet to be presented in NYC!  Bravo to her for arriving at a level of celestial operatic stardom that allows her to cherry pick all manner of repertoire for her own series of concerts presented at Carnegie Hall!

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Big Daddy says “bullfighter”

Says the Met press office this snowy afternoon: “Dwayne Croft will sing the role of Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen on February 9, 13, and 16, replacing Teddy Tahu Rhodes, who determined in rehearsals that the role was no longer suitable for his voice. Casting for the performances on February 20, 23 matinee, 26, and March 1 will be announced at a later date.”

Solid gold

Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard has been named the recipient of the sixth annual Beverly Sills Artist Award for young singers at the Metropolitan Opera. She receives a $50,000 prize and is married to Teddy Tahu Rhodes, which frankly strikes La Cieca as overkill. (Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera)