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  • tatiana: I was at the Met for yesterday’s matinee and it WAS dull — not only vocally but there... 7:56 AM
  • ipomoea: Odyssey Opera in Boston has just announced a “British Invasion” for its May-June... 7:34 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Well if you ask me you can put Merbeth, Dasch, Racette and Magee all in the same bag. They... 6:34 AM
  • Krunoslav: With Merbeth and Dasch plying their mediocre wares in this repertory, one scarcely meeds to look... 5:50 AM
  • Lurker_del_Cairo: Thank you – no wonder I could not find any performance information! 4:59 AM
  • Buster: Schwanewilms was an excellent Ariadne too, for Laufenberg. That was an awful production, by the way.... 4:47 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: http://www.gettyim ages.de/galleries/ events/543094813?p age=2 Photos von Salzburg besonders... 4:20 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Well but you have to put up with Hillebrecht who was in the 60′s what Racette and... 4:16 AM
  • Buster: Ricarda Merbeth has a new website (about time), and facebook. From that we not only learn she will... 4:14 AM
  • Buster: The first Tatiana Troyanos Ariadne is back into print – always a hard one to find on CD. I... 4:07 AM

Oh, de’ verdi anni miei

“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.” [New York Observer]

Tale of the tape

As the Deutsche Grammophon producer for the 1972 Metropolitan Opera Carmen recording, I was delighted to read Patrick Mack’s review of its recent re-release on a surround-sound/stereo CD set.  Mr. Mack gives very evocative descriptions of the artists who poured their talents (and hearts) into this production, from Leonard Bernstein, Marilyn Horne, James McCracken, Tom Krause, Adriana Maliponte and Donald Gramm to the supporting roles and the wonderful musicians and choristers.   Read more »

All futures great and small

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. For the finalists I’m sure the experience was nerve-wracking but it was heartwarming to see the huge cheering crowds for each finalist.   Read more »

Manon

The kids are not all right

“’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.”

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Lucic

Spring can really hang you up the most

Zeljko Lucic has withdrawn from his spring Met engagements due to illness.

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great_powerful_gelb

Opera snooze

That much-anticipated and much-feared “exposé” about Peter Gelb and the Met? Almost completely rehash.

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Manon Met

Je sens une pure flamme

Our Own JJ‘s take on the Massenet will not appear until next week, but for now you are invited to make do with Zachary Woolfe‘s rave in the New York Times.

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frozen

“The cold bothered me, anyway”

“It was the chilliest opening night at the Met in years on Monday—barely 15 degrees when the curtain went up on the company premiere of La Donna del Lago.

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Met Season

Ebben… domani

The Met announces its 2015-2016 season tomorrow at 1:00 PM, cher public, and La Cieca knows you will all be here to discuss and dissect

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Donna 1

One for the woad

Ellen Douglas finds herself in Act II of Rossini’s La Donna del Lago in the far from unusual operatic position of having her love claimed by two impassioned tenors in the bel canto version of a macho drag race.

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