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Mourning glory

salome-racetteIn his excellent book Humiliation, Wayne Koestenbaum describes why he likes to watch clips of Liza Minnelli on YouTube: “I want to see her humiliation,” he writes.  Read more »

Chanson d’amour

loin-1Much like Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, which launched the Met’s 2016-2017 season, Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin is an opera about love and death.  Read more »

Once, Moore, with feeling

latoniaWhen Sonja Frisell‘s Met production of Aïda was new and starred Oklahoma native Leona Mitchell, the similarly-intialled Latonia Moore was nine years old, singing in the choir of her pastor grandfather’s church.  Read more »

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Gone girl

Anna Netrebko‘s Manon was deeply unforgettable for its wide scope, control, and incredible virtuosity.

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Battlemania

Miss Battle was greeted with a thunderous ovation befitting a beloved singer at the end of an illustrious career.

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Alla pompa che si appresta meco, o schiava, assisterai

The celebrated ‘Triumph’ scene… borders on homoerotic porn.

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Parterrian makes international news

Dallas native Roger Kaiser, identified as the guy who sprinkled a mentor’s ashes in the pit of the Met yesterday (and all that came after) is a parterre commenter.

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Powder keg

A source close to the Met says tonight’s L’italiana in Algeri  has been canceled in the wake of an incident this afternoon when somebody dumped an unknown white powder into the pit following act 3″ of Guillaume Tell

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Rock, star

The centerpiece of Janácek’s Jenufa was the performance of Karita Mattila as the murderous Kostelnicka.

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Mark, missed

Thoughtless direction stifled the epic drama.

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