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  • Don_Dano: I think people should keep an open mind about Patricia Racette singing Salome in Los Angeles. She sang it with Opera San Antonio... 6:06 PM
  • manou: Nooooooo! I am going on Monday. Do hope she is better. I have seen Hui He’s Leonora in Orange, and she is pretty good, but I... 5:58 PM
  • PCally: I hope your right. It seems like she got her groove back big time! 5:48 PM
  • NPW-Paris: Anna Netrebko finally called in sick. 5:40 PM
  • moi: The rumour has it, that she is going to sing The Makropoulos case at the Proms next summer… and already confirmed is a concert... 5:35 PM
  • moi: ..and if the next season forecast is true.. even more Rigoletto….. That is my modest point; make a great Don Carlo cast and... 5:25 PM
  • Lady Abbado: I wonder if Angie has withdrawn the role from her active repertory. Last time she sang it in July 2013 at the ROH. Then there... 5:22 PM
  • jd: I was at the Trovatore Sat night. The turntable first malfunctioned just after Fernando’s opening exposition. Angela Meade came... 5:15 PM

Not nobody, not nohow!

“Mr. Luisi won praise replacing Mr. Levine time after time, particularly in a costly version of Wagner’s Ring cycle—though, perhaps in a sign of the situation’s delicacy, the two conductors have never met in person.” [New York Times]

The double negative has led to proof positive

La Cieca has been mulling over Michael Cooper‘s recent “bizarreNew York Times story about Peter Gelb‘s rationale for the putative departure (or non-departure, as the case may be) of James Levine from the Met, and after a lot of pondering she thinks she has this thing figured out. Inspector, will you ask the guests to gather in the Eleanor Belmont Room?   Read more »

The toothless tiger rules the restless jungle

La Cieca can only go on for so long parsing statements like “So for now Mr. Levine and the Met are watching and waiting to see how he responds to his new regimen. Mr. Levine said that he hopes he is not done yet as music director.” It’s up to you, cher public, to try to decide for yourself what, if anything, this bizarre story in the New York Times means.

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Queen for a D

Friday’s season premiere at the Met of Donizetti’s opera about the doomed Scottish queen proved surprisingly satisfying and a genuine success for Sondra Radvanovsky.

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Kaufmann Alagna

Uomo non vidi mai

From the Met: “Jonas Kaufmann has canceled his performances in this season’s new production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut due to illness.”

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Pag

For the birds

A “lone voice in the wilderness” booed Barbara Frittoli’s calamitous Nedda.

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Boheme Agresta

Embroidered silk

Maria Agresta‘s delicately-acted, sumptuously-sung seamstress transformed what might have been just an average Wednesday night revival into something finer.

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A fire upon the deep

Returning after 99 years for the Met’s annual New Year’s Eve gala, Bizet’s youthful exercise in Orientalia Les Pêcheurs de Perles proved a real crowd-pleaser.

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Hvorostovsky

Dark of the moon

“Dmitri Hvorostovsky has withdrawn from his upcoming performances of Verdi’s Il Trovatore—February 3, 6, 9, and 13 matinee—due to his ongoing treatment for a brain tumor. Juan Jesús Rodríguez will sing di Luna in these performances, making his Met debut.” So says the Met press office.

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Smokin

80, girls, 80

The Met’s pilot program of octogenarian outreach looks to be a smashing success.

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