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  • Hippolyte: Antonacci is been out of Le Cid–Sonia Ganassi has been listed as Chimene for months now. 9:20 AM
  • Don_Dano: Are there any opinions out their on Siberian tenor Alexey Dolgov? I thought he sang a very nice... 9:19 AM
  • Chanterelle: Yes, same Brussels production and directed by Zhang Huan, though credited to the Canadian Opera... 9:17 AM
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  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Interesting, but Clara Schumann was no Judith! 7:55 AM
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Voilà la belle grisette!

Andriana Chuchman will sing the role of Valencienne in this season’s April and May performances of Lehár’s The Merry Widow, replacing Danielle de Niese, who has withdrawn due to pregnancy.” That’s from the Met press office. (Photo: Cory Weaver)

Door to door

The Met’s planned premiere of Iolanta/Bluebeard’s Castle was cancelled due to the Great Blizzard That Wasn’t. All ticket holders were given refunds and exchanges, and the premiere was moved to January 29. As a result the lobby of the Met pre-performance was a noisy zoo. The will call line spiraled almost to the basement stairs and my! all that fur (on both the men and the women). Outside was a small but noisy group of protestors. It’s understandable that the Met staff seemed a bit frazzled and overwhelmed.   Read more »

Shortlisted

“Surprises—or let’s say pleasant surprises—are among the chief joys of frequent opera-going. Best, and most  precious, of all these impromptu delights is the eagerly anticipated performance  that soars beyond even one’s most extravagant fantasies. That’s what happened  when Sonya Yoncheva sang her first Met La Traviata last Wednesday: I  expected something lovely, but what I beheld was nothing short of magnificent.” [New York Observer]

Yoncheva

Wish upon a star

At what moment does a “rising star” become simply a “star”?

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Hoffmann

A wasted time

Vittorio Grigolo in the title role of the Met’s revival of Les Contes d’Hoffman is the opera version of the charming homeless drunk.

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Job description

La Cieca is sometimes asked what it is that a dramaturg does, or why it is that an opera house need a dramaturg

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Renee Glawari

Floperetta

>”Ghastly!” — New York Observer

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Tezier

Ah, con tal morbo ogni speranza è morta

Ludovic Tézier is continuing to recover from an illness.

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Traviata

Lost and found

Verdi must have gotten tired of tossing and turning by now and has gone back to resting in peace.

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Gheorghiu

Moon and stars

One of the major complaints about the five year casting system (as well as the shared productions by different companies) is that operatic events are rarely surprises anymore.

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