Italian dressing

E.M. Forster asks in his novel A Room with a View, “Have you ever noticed that there are people who do things which are most indelicate, and yet at the same time—beautiful?” This profound question—on its own terms, a unique aesthetic thesis—practically sums up the transformative effects of Italian culture on English sensibilities. Robust, reckless, and full-blooded, the stereotypes of Italy stand in stark contrast to the reserved and sensible notions of English gentility.  Read more »

The help

I’m sure I’m not the first to say it, but thank God for Kelli O’Hara. At this point the Broadway veteran and Lincoln Center darling is becoming a national treasure. And as Despina in the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Così fan tutte, she makes her case, injecting much needed vitality into an otherwise lethargic evening.  Read more »

Suit yourself

La Cieca just received a package of pdf files the sender says is a copy of James Levine‘s lawsuit against the Met, including exhibits which offer details of Levine’s compensation, defined duties and such at the Met over the course of more than a decade. A .zip file of these documents may be downloaded after the jump. Read more »

The mania event

Christine Goerke‘s puzzling high register has become an increasingly troubling aspect of her singing. One just never knew what was going to come out from one moment to the next.

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Teen model

While she brought many exceptionally appealing qualities to her portrayal, Ermonela Jaho’s slender soprano often struggled to cope with Puccini’s demanding music.

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Gilt trip

As a diehard completist I felt guilty as the Met’s scattered, campy revival of Semiramide lumbered toward its abrupt conclusion after nearly four hours.

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Technical difficulties

La bohéme returned to the stage of the Metropolitan Opera once again last night (does it ever leave?)

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The advent of the Nézet-Séguin era: announcing the Metropolitan Opera’s 2018-2019 season

Accelerating his arrival as Music Director by two seasons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin will take up the post in time for the start of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2018–19 season, it was announced today.

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The problem with trying to revive Semiramide today is competing with the memory of the spectacular casting lavished upon the work during the golden age of the Volpe era.

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Judges for yourself

With the Met’s announcement of the 2018-2019 season approximately a week away, La Cieca thought we should review the always oracular and generally accurate Future Met Wiki.

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