Cher Public

  • Camille: Jungfer, are you listening? How does the orchestral sound mit Mo. Janowski stack up to your past experiences in vivo? 2:36 PM
  • LT: L’aria della piovra httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=KLHZ rqPDGmA 1:31 PM
  • sogalitno: dont know if there is a way. i think sky is via cable so would probably need account info . 1:03 PM
  • Camille: I’m so glad they changed the Wotan from Rheingold and Sarah Connolly sounds REALLY good as the Walküre Fricka! Heidi... 12:28 PM
  • Camille: Merci, Hippolyte! I had forgotten all about the August 5th concert. A chance to hear not only Loreley but the weird Nerone! Once... 12:22 PM
  • Hippolyte: Russell Thomas is appearing next month in two very interesting concerts as part of the Puccini festival at Bard. August 5... 12:09 PM
  • Camille: And as a lieder recitalist, just exemplary httpv://youtube.co m/watch?v=lETGe_4B U2E httpv://youtube.co m/watch?v=PGJhNfVg UVk... 12:06 PM
  • brackweaver: I agree with both of you about the singing of the ladies. It made me give up at intermission. 12:01 PM

Doge days

Boccanegra 1That 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.  Read more »

I love the ’90s

Saved by the Doge“This story has been revised to correct production was Giancarlo del Monaco‘s, not Elijah Moshinsky‘s.” [AP via New York Times]

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]

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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Devereux

Chat: Roberto Devereux

Welcome, 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

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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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