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Arms and the man I sing

Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin takes up the baton for tonight’s season premiere of Der Fliegende Holländer at the Met, and the cher public will surely all be in place for discussion of The Gun Show.

Same steppes, different dancers

? today than Peter Mattei’s? Has Anna Netrebko ever sounded better? Is this not one of the greatest operas ever written?  Read more »

Through a glass vaguely

Any production of Der Rosenkavalier that can transform the usually excruciating first half of the third act into a hilarious romp already has my vote. Thus Robert Carsen’s occasionally uneven reimagining of Strauss and Hofmannsthal’s evergreen masterpiece which opened Thursday at the Met ultimately proved to be a provocative, often enthralling evening despite its sincere but uncharismatic Marschallin.  Read more »

“Nicht heut, nicht morgen!”

But enough about Renée Fleming‘s farewell.

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Lethal injection

If British Opera magazine is to be believed, incoming Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin has already scheduled the first artistic fiasco of his new incumbency.

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A quiet girl

“Tatiana has developed into one of Netrebko’s very best roles.”

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Master of the house

Incoming Met music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin “plans to open his first season with a new production of Verdi’s Aida starring Anna Netrebko and to start the following season with Ms. Netrebko as Strauss’s Salome.”

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Broadcast: Idomeneo

Settle in for an afternoon of opera seria, cher public, and chat as you will in the comments section of this post.

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She has immortal longings in her

All right, folks, if you’re going to troll La Cieca, you might try just a little subtlety.

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There is much to say about the similarities between the plot of Fidelio and the ancient myth of Orpheus.

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