“Fred Plotkin, who wrote Opera 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Opera and writes about opera for the classical music radio station WQXR, said. . . . ‘[W]hen you’re really quiet, you can hear the tinkling when they stop. That sound, to me, is the sound of the Met’.” [New York Times]
At the risk of contradicting Mae West (and, believe me, La Cieca sets aside a couple of hours a day to averting any such lèse-majesté!), too much of a good thing can be not so much wonderful as impossible.
The current iteration of that altogether necessary resource the Met Future Wiki currently lists a repertoire of 32(!) programs intended for the Met’s 2017-2018 season, which clearly is absurd. Your doyenne invites you to peruse the list after the jump and make such recommendations as may be necessary to bring the season down to a more manageable 27 titles. Read more »
I can scarcely remember a performance where so many conflicting thoughts raced through my mind as happened Thursday night during the Met Orchestra’s “bleeding chunks” of Wagner’s Ring at Carnegie Hall.
Well, when the New York Times goes into a tizzy, you know times are hard, cher public, but your doyenne is ready to ride to the rescue, hakeo don’t panic.
“The Met: Live in HD concluded its tenth anniversary season Saturday with a live transmission of Patrice Chéreau’s acclaimed production of Elektra, with an estimated attendance of 48,000 in North America earning a gross of $1,037,000.”
The no-star, slapstick revival of John Dexter’s 37-year-old production of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail that opened Friday night proved James Levine’s tenure as Music Director of the Met will end in two weeks with neither a whimper nor a bang.
The haunted Mycenae of Patrice Chéreau’s enthralling production of Richard Strauss’s Elektra had seized its viewers in an unrelenting vise that never relaxed even at its quietly shattering conclusion.
La Cieca will go out on limb and predict that the Met’s new music director will be Yannick Nezet-Seguin.