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  • Often admonished: She sang both soprano and mezzo parts for Abbado. At two separate performances, fortunately. 8:41 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Ja danke. Klar, Freitag habe ich den Türken. :) 8:16 AM
  • Lohengrin: Zur Info: 27. November ist Donneestag. 8:08 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: OK dann am Freitag. Danke und viel Spaß. 8:03 AM
  • Lohengrin: Falls ich gemeint war: nein, erst am 27.Nov. Ansonsten Viiiiiiiiel Vergnügen heute! 7:51 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Bleibst es dabei heute abend? Chocolate brown is the colour. :) Vor der Königsloge in der... 7:47 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: She also sang the Verdi Requiem :) which sort of counts. 6:44 AM
  • Krunoslav: Are you speaking of Jessye Norman? She sang Selika in L’AFRICANA ( Firenze, 1971) and Aida (... 6:25 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Thanks DellaCasaFan. I do have an icon on my Handy that says Spotify so I will try it there.... 4:52 AM
  • Ruxxy: All kudos to Mr Fry – this documentary is incredibly good. 3:34 AM

Dog bites man, part infinity

“The soup is hot; the soup is cold; Norman Lebrecht got it wrong again.” Read more »

Snow business

Every year I say I’m not going to another La Bohème because I’ve seen this too many times. And every year I end up going to multiple performances. I always find an excuse. “Oh there’s so-and-so singing and I haven’t heard him in anything but Madama Butterfly and that doesn’t even count because the tenor doesn’t sing at all after the first act …” But today after I won the lotto for yet another Bohème I wondered if I go simply because the opera (and production) is comfort food. At this point in my second career as an opera-queen-with-two-X-chromosomes, La Bohème doesn’t require very active, pins-and-needles listening. It’s like watching an old MGM musical.  Read more »

Let the shortfall! When it crumbles we will stand tall, face it all together

A press release from the Met grippingly begins, “In a fiscal year that challenged the nation’s largest performing arts organization to find a more sustainable financial model for the future, the Metropolitan Opera incurred an estimated $22 million budget shortfall for the 2013-14 season, it was announced today.” Read more »

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Break the internet

The Met has just announced it is revising once again its rush ticket policy, doing away the “lottery” system in place earlier this season and instead going to a “first come, first served” online sale daily.

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Rodolfo

Einspring awakening

“In a last-minute substitution, American tenor Bryan Hymel will sing the role of Rodolfo in this evening’s performance of La Bohème, replacing Ramón Vargas, who is ill.”

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Anna Netrebko

The seven percent solution

You figured it out a fortnight ago, cher public.

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Katerina’s insomnia

Throw in a trio of murders and a healthy splash of vodka and you have, more or less, the plot of Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.

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Winks

Dullsville

This was the kind of night that proves the haters right: sometimes opera is boring.

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Yoncheva

Screwing the Puccini

Sonya Yoncheva will sing her first-ever staged performances of Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème at the Met on November 14, 20, 24, 28, December 1 and 5, replacing Kristine Opolais.

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Aida

Side eye and bitch face

At the first intermission at last night’s Met revival of Aida, I turned to my companion and said, “So… what about the Aida? I thought she was supposed to be good.”

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