“Nobody wants to spend three or four hours of their life sitting through a mediocre opera performance, especially when you consider what tickets cost these days. But mediocre means ‘average,’ so, statistically speaking, if you go to the opera a lot, it means you’re going to be confronted with middling performances more often than not. You have to kiss a lot of frogs, right?” Our Own JJ crunches the numbers at the Met and LoftOpera in the New York Observer. (Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)
Met press office: “Following today’s earlier announcement of his cancellation, Joseph Calleja has recovered and now plans to sing Edgardo in this evening’s performance of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor as originally scheduled.” Read more »
As you may have heard, cher public, Joseph Calleja canceled last night’s Lucia performance at the Met after the first act. So… well, see the headline above.
“The Met’s revival of Verdi’s Ernani Friday night was every inch a tragic opera, though without being grand in any way. Its grisliest calamity was not the one the composer devised but rather one the production’s star, Plácido Domingo, brought on himself.”
The Metropolitan Opera yesterday afternoon was an uncommonly cozy place, as the auditorium was packed to the rafters with friends and family members of the nine National Council Audition Finalists.
“’They’re young… they’re in love… and they kill people’ goes the tagline for the 1968 film Bonnie and Clyde, but the slogan could apply almost as well to the outlaw pair at the center of the Metropolitan Opera’s white-hot revival of Massenet’s Manon.”
Zeljko Lucic has withdrawn from his spring Met engagements due to illness.
That much-anticipated and much-feared “exposé” about Peter Gelb and the Met? Almost completely rehash.