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  • manou: I often perform the Naked Puppet Show – hands only. Very useful when stuck in traffic. 3:08 PM
  • damekenneth: Can we bring David Groh back from the dead to play her husband? He was one of my first crushes. 3:07 PM
  • Batty Masetto: Too bad, I agree the witches putting the chairs under Lady M was both spooky and dreamlike.... 3:06 PM
  • aulus agerius: I got one guffaw out of it – when Nedda rips the chicken puppet off Tonio and then... 2:52 PM
  • Ilka Saro: They are 90 percent gone. Lady M still walks across some chairs one she is done singing, and... 2:49 PM
  • -Ed.: The Cav was dark, but I didn’t mind. It’s a dark story. Verismo noir? I just followed where... 2:37 PM
  • DonCarloFanatic: They’re gone? 2:07 PM
  • YigeLi: Thank you for the review. One minor mistake: “[...] Fang who garnered a lot of attention last... 1:38 PM
  • Ilka Saro: I kinda miss the chairs in Lady Macbeth’s sleepwalking scene. I don’t blame La... 1:34 PM
  • kashania: Thanks for that. I think La Cieca’s post is inspired by Jessye’s photo..? 1:15 PM

Sometimes just pretzels and beer

“Nobody wants to spend three or four hours of their life sitting through a mediocre opera performance, especially when you consider what tickets cost these days. But mediocre means ‘average,’ so, statistically speaking, if you go to the opera a lot, it means you’re going to be confronted with middling performances more often than not. You have to kiss a lot of frogs, right?” Our Own JJ crunches the numbers at the Met and LoftOpera in the New York Observer. (Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

Out of the frying pan

Met press office: “Following today’s earlier announcement of his cancellation,  Joseph Calleja has recovered and now plans to sing Edgardo in this evening’s performance of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor as originally scheduled.”   Read more »

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.

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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Lucic

Spring can really hang you up the most

Zeljko Lucic has withdrawn from his spring Met engagements due to illness.

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great_powerful_gelb

Opera snooze

That much-anticipated and much-feared “exposé” about Peter Gelb and the Met? Almost completely rehash.

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Manon Met

Je sens une pure flamme

Our Own JJ‘s take on the Massenet will not appear until next week, but for now you are invited to make do with Zachary Woolfe‘s rave in the New York Times.

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