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One million dollars!

One Miillion“The Met: Live in HD concluded its tenth anniversary season Saturday with a live transmission of Patrice Chéreau’s acclaimed production of Elektra, with an estimated attendance of 48,000 in North America earning a gross of $1,037,000. It was seen live on more than 900 screens.” So says the Met press office.

Cold Turkey

Mozart 1The no-star, slapstick revival of John Dexter’s 37-year-old production of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail that opened Friday night proved James Levine’s tenure as Music Director of the Met will end in two weeks with neither a whimper nor a bang. Other than Albina Shagimuratova’s dramatically dour but vocally gleaming Konstanze, no compelling reason for these performances presented itself besides its maestro’s desire to conduct a favorite work.  Read more »

Bleak house

Elektra 3By the time Nina Stemme and Esa-Pekka Salonen reached the thrilling climax of Elektra’s grimly determined opening monologue Thursday evening, no one in the Met audience was thinking about that afternoon’s startling retirement news. The haunted Mycenae of Patrice Chéreau’s enthralling production of Richard Strauss’s Elektra had seized its viewers in an unrelenting vise that never relaxed even at its quietly shattering conclusion.  Read more »

Yannick at the Met

Young guns

La Cieca will go out on limb and predict that the Met’s new music director will be Yannick Nezet-Seguin.

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Ailyn Perez

Bohemienne

Soprano Ailyn Pérez has been named the recipient of the 11th annual Beverly Sills Artist Award for young singers at the Metropolitan Opera.

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Calleja Netrebko

Have you seen the proconsul?

La Cieca hears that Joseph Calleja will sing Pollione opposite the Norma of Anna Netrebko at the Met for opening night 2017.

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Boccanegra 1

Doge days

That Placido Domingo and James Levine, the Met’s inexorable septuagenarians, would team up yet again—on April Fools’ Day, no less—for a revival of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra occasioned an uncomfortable degree of doubt and dread.

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Saved by the Doge

I love the ’90s

“This story has been revised to correct production was Giancarlo del Monaco‘s, not Elijah Moshinsky‘s.”

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Chopping block

The chopping block?

After five flops in a row, Mr. McVicar continues to win new assignments from the Met.

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Devereux

I want your Essex

During its first-ever Roberto Devereux Thursday evening one felt transported back to the Volpe years: four of the Met’s biggest stars shining in an opulent (if occasionally perverse) but reassuringly non-challenging production paid for by Sybil B. Harrington.

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