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  • Camille: Oh yes, my parents got to hear Swarthout in their college days and invariably referred to her as... 5:36 PM
  • Camille: Well, that reminds me of another thing: Don José stood and listened to and witnessed Carmen’s... 5:18 PM
  • marshiemarkII: And Quinn was absolutely sublime as Marcello at the beginning of the season, saw him twice and... 5:05 PM
  • armerjacquino: have all the fun and don’t die at the end! Also, since the cards tell Carmen the truth, we can... 5:05 PM
  • marshiemarkII: Well Ryan Speedo Green of course, who was magnificent in everything he did during his... 5:03 PM
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  • La Cieca: Happy birthday Elizabeth Taylor! httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=lqyY PgRBdS4&start =55 4:59 PM
  • armerjacquino: Speaking of awards and prizes… Who have we heard? http://www.bbc.co. uk/mediacentre/... 4:57 PM
  • kennedet: I enjoyed the You Tube excerpts. The voice still has a lyric quality which I enjoy. Too much bulk,... 4:55 PM
  • marshiemarkII: CammiB, two birds of a feather, my first opera ever was Carmen with Resnik and Coca Cola. I... 4:50 PM

Be my guest!

James Levine turns 72 this year. Even though his health has improved considerably in the past year and he may continue to conduct for a decade or more, it seems inevitable that he will step down as the Met’s Music Director sometime in the next few years to assume the role of Conductor Laureate.  This is why the role of Principal Conductor is so critical to the company; the person in that role serves as the unofficial successor to Maestro Levine. Read more »

Love it to death

Mariusz Trelinski will direct Tristan und Isolde for the Metropolitan Opera in a production that will premiere there on opening night 2016. (The image is from Trelinski’s production of Krol Roger at the Edinburgh International Festival, photo by Marek Grotowski.) [New York Times]

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 »

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Battle of Broadway

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.

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Lohengrin

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.”

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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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