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  • Porgy Amor: Rob Howell’s striking but incoherent curved sets “Striking but incoherent”& #8230;perfect. I’ve only seen... 2:16 PM
  • tatiana: I’ve never heard him in the house, but this Di Luna sounds really good to me. 2:07 PM
  • YigeLi: Oh, thank you… Now I know it’s not my pure imagination… 2:00 PM
  • Hippolyte: God the prompter is loud. 1:59 PM
  • perfidia: Then let’sjust say she sounds healthier and more put together than Meade. I am shocked at how quickly her voice has... 1:57 PM
  • Batty Masetto: I was thinking along the same lines, perfidia. Maybe not “young” ; but clean and expressive, with a vigorous... 1:56 PM
  • YigeLi: Has anyone also heard the voice of a prompter? It seems it’s only for the tenor’s part. I thought prompter̵... 1:56 PM
  • Hippolyte: I admire Zajick and her longevity but she doesn’t sound “young” ; to me at all. 1:54 PM

Scostatevi, profani!

Yet another new role for Anna Netrebko on the horizon: in a press conference yesterday in Mexico, the soprano announced she plans to sing Adriana Lecouvreur. Read more »

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]

Mattila

The opposite sextoness

The San Francisco Opera has just done the big reveal for 2015-2016 and here’s what we have in store.

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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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Anna_Norma

“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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