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Cher Public

  • "Look for the POLIUTO recording with Bruson and Maliponte, both superb, and..." - Krunoslav
  • "I listened to the 2010 performance you put up and liked it quite a bit. Rutherford..." - PCally
  • "As someone from Istanbul, I call him Fatih Sultan Mehmet. In honor of the Conquest of..." - CwbyLA
  • "The “Meistersinger” was recorded for DVD in its second year..." - Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin
  • "Very interested in La Ciociara, and I agree, these interviews are a bit fluff. I..." - vilbastarda
  • "Have some more music by birthday-boy Dusapin, papopera. Perhaps it will sweeten..." - m. croche
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  • "Rats, no soft “g”." - NPW-Paris

21st century blues

Your doyenne peers into the future, or, to be more accurate, into the Future Met Wiki, to reveal the latest rumors on casting and repertoire. Read more »

Lede buried

“…Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton were in the audience, with their daughter, Chelsea, and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky. They were there, opera insiders said, because Chelsea Clinton is a friend of the tenor Vittorio Grigolo, who was playing the Chevalier, Manon’s true love.” [New York Times]

Ham and ex

Our Own JJ was only semi-amused: “Pagliacci was a solid success, but Cavalleria Rusticana bombed on just about every level.”  Photo by Cory Weaver/ Metropolitan Opera.

Don Carlo

Sometimes just pretzels and beer

Our Own JJ crunches the numbers at the Met and LoftOpera in the New York Observer.

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Mildreds

Out of the frying pan

Met press office: Salvatore Cordella will sing Edgardo in this evening’s performance of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, replacing Joseph Calleja, who is ill.

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The Thing

Keep watching the skies!

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.

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Spackled

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.”

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Bernstein

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.

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Met Auditions

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.

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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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