Cher Public

Mark, missed

tell-1Having remained absent from the Metropolitan Opera since 1931, Rossini’s Guillaume Tell made a tepid return to the company last night (the first time in the original French!), with a new production by Pierre Audi. While it was wonderful to hear the brilliant score, performed by an impressive cast and orchestra, thoughtless direction stifled the epic drama.  Read more »

Incomplete artwork

Don GiovanniMichael Grandage’s staging of Don Giovanni, DOA when it premiered five seasons ago, served as a vehicle for the return to the Met of Simon Keenlyside after two years of various infirmities. . . . He towered over the listless supporting cast like Daniel Day-Lewis guest-starring in a marionette show.” [Observer]

Period piece

italianaWhile Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s production of L’Italiana in Algeri for the Met remains steadfastly ignorant of postcolonial theory, it at least provides one with a distinct pleasure: the opportunity to hear some delightful music.  Read more »

tristan

No view from the bridge

Mariusz Trelinski unveiled a rather gloomy, though musically satisfying, Tristan und Isolde.

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rolando

September song

Paul Appleby will sing the role of Don Ottavio in this season’s September and October performances of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, replacing Rolando Villazón, who has withdrawn due to illness.”

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chandelier

Fixture

“When you’re really quiet, you can hear the tinkling when they stop.”

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Mae West

You’ve got to taste all the fruit

The current iteration of that altogether necessary resource the Met Future Wiki currently lists a repertoire of 32(!) programs intended for the Met’s 2017-2018 season, which clearly is absurd.

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Yannick Met

Here he comes to save the day

La Cieca called it, mostly: Yannick Nézet-Séguin will the the Met’s new music director, taking on full official duties in the 2020-2021 season.

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Levine

Trauermarsch

I can scarcely remember a performance where so many conflicting thoughts raced through my mind as happened Thursday night during the Met Orchestra’s “bleeding chunks” of Wagner’s Ring at Carnegie Hall.

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ROSENSNUGGIE

Der Snuggiekavalier

The Met’s cobranding efforts are really beginning to pay off.

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