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  • LT: She charges pennies compared to pop “stars” ;. 9:27 PM
  • LT: Rehearsal clips from Otello at the Met: http://instagram.c om/p/7DdXGxIf5e/ https://video.xx.f bcdn.net/hvideo-xf t1/v/t43.1792-2... 9:22 PM
  • RosinaLeckermaul: Yeah, right! 8:55 PM
  • kennedet: +1. I never heard Netrebko as a lyric coloratura during her young career. That doesn’t take away from her wonderful... 8:41 PM
  • vilbastarda: “Zarzuelas are set in Madrid; operas are set in Seville.” , I’ll remember that, love it! Thank you for the... 8:32 PM
  • kennedet: Steveac, you misunderstood my post. You’re second paragraph smacks of ageism.I won’t reply to it. 8:24 PM
  • Bill: It is interesting as there are rumors that Elina Garanca was going to undertake Donna Elvira in Vienna (maybe not at the Staatsoper)... 8:16 PM
  • vilbastarda: I do think she has arrived to her true fach. To my ears she has never been a light lyric, her voice has always been that of a... 8:09 PM

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]

“It’s scary, but what can you do?”

“Ms. Netrebko, 43, spoke about her willingness to take risks, her decision to sing more dramatic repertory, and some of the new roles she plans to tackle at the Met, disclosing that she would open its 2017-18 season singing the title role in Bellini’s Norma in a new production, and that she would tackle Verdi’s Aida the following season.” [New York Times]

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.   Read more »

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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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The lovely bones

Peter Gelb, the Met’s general manager… has engaged Mr. Domingo to sing Don Carlo in Ernani next season, Simon Boccanegra the following season and Nabucco in 2016-17.”

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That’s entertainment!

The highlight of the Bayerische Staatsoper’s 2014-2015 season is a new production of Manon Lescaut featuring Anna Netrebko and Jonas Kaufmann, directed by Claus Guth.

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