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  • m. croche: Born on thus day 100 years ago, the Mage of Marysville, the Gentle Giant, the Viking of 6th Avenue, the True Master of the... 12:01 PM
  • zinka: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=YNrO keGpk1c Fascinating..Granf orte especially.. Gavanelli is LA PUMA!!!!! 11:55 AM
  • Gualtier M: Dessay is actually a born Agnes Gooch. Maybe some of the Yvonne Printemps vehicles? httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=q... 11:54 AM
  • aulus agerius: I have only seen the DVD of Passion which I liked but found very disturbing which I took to be the point. Love and sex and... 11:43 AM
  • armerjacquino: Desiree Armfelt would be my first choice. I’m not sure we need to hear her cockney accent any time soon and we... 11:34 AM
  • Cicciabella: It’s ages since I saw the film, and I don’t know the musical at all. In the film I remember Fosca as emaciated... 11:30 AM
  • mjmacmtenor: Considering Dessay’s new MT career – what roles might await her? Mrs. Lovett? The witch in Into the Woods? A... 11:18 AM
  • manou: Of course she was well know for her embeverlishments. 11:11 AM

The chopping block?

Chopping block“After five flops in a row, Mr. McVicar continues to win new assignments from the Met: in the 2017-2018 season alone, he’s booked for Bellini’s Norma and Puccini’s Tosca, with Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur down the line.” [Observer]

I want your Essex

Devereux 1During 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. Unfortunately, Sondra Radvanovsky, Elina Garanca, Matthew Polenzani and Mariusz Kwiecien were consistently undermined by the shockingly aimless conducting of Maurizio Benini, and so the gala premiere turned out to be less than the sum of its impressive parts.  Read more »

Chat: Roberto Devereux

DevereuxWelcome, cher public, to the real-time chat for this evening’s Met premiere of Roberto Devereux, starting at 7:55 PM. Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Elisir chat

Chat: L’elisir d’amore

Crack open a bottle of Bordeaux and enjoy this afternoon’s “La Casa della Cieca” chat during the Met broadcast of L’elisir d’amore.

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BOND

Transcendental

“Join me this Friday at The Metropolitan Opera for the next #FUN40”

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singing

Must the finals come so soon?

Without fail, all nine finalists had nice clear ringing voices. Whether they develop into great artists is another question. 

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Elisir 1

His cup runneth over

As portrayed by Vittorio Grigolo, Nemorino was a manic self-absorbed, probably bipolar, stalker whoagainst all odds and good sense—gets the poor girl.

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Pasquale

About a boy

These days a cadre of voluble opera-goers regularly issues dire warnings that anyone about to attend this or that production at the Met should close her eyes and just listen rather than witness yet another Peter Gelb regie “atrocity.”

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Madama Butterfly

Two and only

Anna Netrebko and Latonia Moore (pictured) rekindle “The Grand Opera Buzz.”

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Netrebko Teal

Winter afternoon’s dream

It took the better part of a decade—including two high-profile cancelations—or New York to finally hear Anna Netrebko in recital.

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