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Be my guest!

James Levine turns 72 this year. Even though his health has improved considerably in the past year and he may continue to conduct for a decade or more, it seems inevitable that he will step down as the Met’s Music Director sometime in the next few years to assume the role of Conductor Laureate.  This is why the role of Principal Conductor is so critical to the company; the person in that role serves as the unofficial successor to Maestro Levine. Read more »

News has a kind of mystery

It’s that time of the year when the Met does its season announcement, cher public, and, as in recent years, this time around the exact date and time of the information release seems to be a carefully guarded secret. (Surely, La Cieca thinks, the Met would do well to get the word out as soon as possible after the LOC announcement, if only to seem all the more exciting by contrast.) Anyway, while waiting impatiently, your doyenne would like to encourage a little active (as opposed to idle) speculation. Read more »

Singular sensation

“If Mozart had only had the sense to write Don Giovanni in a… single-performer format, last Wednesday’s revival at the Met would have been one for the ages.” [New York Observer]

Photo by Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Poster Near

Post no double bills

A sharp-eyed parterrian reports a poster of some sort (perhaps protesting Anna Netrebko and Valery Gergiev?) has somehow been affixed to the wall of the Met lobby at balcony level during tonight’s performance of Iolanta/Bluebeard’s Castle.

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Trelinski

Love it to death

Mariusz Trelinski will direct Tristan und Isolde for Metropolitan Opera in a production that will premiere there on opening night 2016.

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Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

For your eyes only

“Don’t bother with The Loft or The Boy Next Door: the most spine-chilling thriller currently playing isn’t on the screen of your local multiplex but on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera.”

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Chuchman

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.

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Bluebeard

Door to door

The Met’s planned premiere of Iolanta/Bluebeard’s Castle was cancelled due to the Great Blizzard That Wasn’t.

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Yoncheva

Shortlisted

I expected something lovely, but what I beheld was nothing short of magnificent.

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Yoncheva

Wish upon a star

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

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