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Splendeurs et misères des courtisanes

When a usually temperate friend learned of my next Met opera he remarked, “I cannot bear Thaïs, such junk!” Not having enjoyed my previous encounter there with Massenet’s penitent whore and fanatical monk I might have agreed. But a wonderfully committed Ailyn Pérez and Gerald Finley at Saturday afternoon’s revival abetted by Emmanuel Villaume’s passionate conducting converted me to a Thaïs believer.  Read more »

La fanciulla del west side

Bigger! Longer! Uncut?

Jonas Kaufmann‘s Dick will highlight the Met’s 2018-2019 season, when the tenor sings a new production of Puccini’s La fanciulla del West in New York. (Not to be confused with La fanciulla del West in New York, a forthcoming work from Adams and Sellars.) Until  now, only Vienna State Opera audiences have had the honor of enjoying Kaufmann’s Johnson. Read more »

Puppet show

Let me start with the particulars. Last night, Hui He gave a performance of astonishing beauty as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly. Her voice, a vibrant, full bodied soprano, never faltered—so sure and clean was its production: expressive, flexible, athletic, and elegant. Read more »

The train arrives in Boston at 5:00 PM the next day

So La Cieca figures if the New York Times can do seven pieces about Exterminating Angel in the past week, we should jump on the bandwagon as well.

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Untouched by an ‘Angel’

Just because one can write an opera based on a film, does this necessarily indicate that one should?

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Peter Gelb admits defeat

” Mr. Gelb chuckled and said, ‘I’m not going to find out’.”

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Broadcast: Les Contes d’Hoffmann

More Grigolerie this evening starting at 7:25.

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Reason to believe

I was extraordinarily happy Monday evening to encounter Angel Blue and Russell Thomas as Mimi and Rodolfo.

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Turandon’t

From the perspective of current identity politics, Puccini’s Turandot is a disaster of epic proportions.

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No fits, no fights, no feuds and no egos

The list of Anna Netrebko/Yannick Nézet-Séguin collaborations has expanded once again.

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