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  • Krunoslav: Et MOI! httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=BE2M AxLZUrQ 3:25 AM
  • Krunoslav: I cannot speak for Nerva, who was exploded ( yes, in a revolutionary outrage). Krunoslav, however,... 3:24 AM
  • Krunoslav: Why must Vedernikov be under 40 to have good things in his future? He just turned 51 and has had a... 3:14 AM
  • Krunoslav: Only *think* what Richard Harris at that pitch of high dudgeon could have done in the role of... 2:59 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: I don’t understand. The Geistervariationen are for piano. httpv://www.you... 2:18 AM
  • guy pacifica: I have no idea where this will land but Camille, thank you so much for the Michael Powell... 2:12 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: I guess she was not yet in Washington when William Friedkin’s production at thr... 1:23 AM
  • Poison Ivy: Poor Bobbi K :( 1:16 AM
  • NPW-Paris: I’d love to see Ann Hallenberg do La Grande Duchesse. Fat chance. 1:09 AM
  • mirywi: Strange that Midgette doesn’t remember the performance in March 2012 that she reviewed of... 1:08 AM

The opposite sextoness

‘Tis the season, by which of course I mean that time of year when companies confirm or deny for us the rumors we’ve been crawling around the dark corners of the internet collecting. The San Francisco Opera has just done the big reveal for 2015-2016 and here’s what we have in store.  Read more »

Battle of Broadway

La Cieca hears that there will be a little quasi-operatic activity on the Great White Way a year hence. Fall 2015 is the target date for an as yet untitled one-woman show based on the life of Kathleen Battle, scheduled to star Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o. (And before you ask, no, the playwright is not Terrence McNally!)

Seligsten Paar

Maestro Christian Thielemann has made his choice for Lohengrin casting in Dresden and, later, Bayreuth: “Anna Netrebko als Elsa und Piotr Beczala in der Titelpartie.” [Kurier]

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“It’s scary, but what can you do?”

“Ms. Netrebko, 43, spoke about her willingness to take risks…”

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Gazing into the future

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.

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Lock Stock

The sound of silence

This past week of contract negotiations at the Metropolitan Opera has been notable for the absence of any new PowerPoint presentations or fustian proclamations.

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West side non-story

La Cieca hears that the Met’s planned production of West Side Story in the 2017-2018 season has been shelved.

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The Met: Can it be saved?

Short answer: yes. But let’s begin by dismissing the a blatant canard. One thing that the Metropolitan Opera does not need to do is to scale back the number of performances in a season.

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The Met: what’s really wrong?

The Met’s financial challenges are not meteorological, demographic, or cyclical; they are structural.

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After the thaw

Our Own JJ (not pictured) offers his recommendations for 10 opera and classical music events worth hearing this spring.

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