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  • cgambol: Re: the Denishawn trained spear carrier. He delivers, he holds the delivery pose and exuent omnes. Is it high art or vaudeville?... 3:24 PM
  • Cicciabella: As NPW-Paris says, “going down” in European opera houses is the new mass orgy. 3:16 PM
  • RosinaLeckermaul: She gave some wonderful performances at the Met. I have particularly fond memories of her Suor Angelica. 3:16 PM
  • PCally: I have read it, I owned a used copy that recently fell apart. Soderstrom is really one of my all time favorites, I simply find her... 3:02 PM
  • figaroindy: The author says that happened “in later years” – the reference to 1896 was for a production of Faust with... 1:49 PM
  • JohninSeattle: What a great clip from Irene. Thanks Windy! Ms Cruz-Romo is a current point of some fascination for me… Time to check... 1:23 PM
  • NPW-Paris: It’s very popular in European productions, especially for coloratura passages. 1:22 PM
  • marshiemarkII: Messa you have a point there :-) Actually NPW you also have a point, there is a lot of it in this production, as even... 1:18 PM

80, girls, 80

According to the New York Times, the Met’s pilot program of octogenarian outreach looks to be a smashing success.   Read more »

On boroughed time

“By the end of next year… the axis of opera in New York may just possibly have shifted from Lincoln Center to a loft in Gowanus.” [Observer]

Wan lake

The sound of Joyce DiDonato, Lawrence Brownlee and John Osborn nailing La Donna del Lago’s thrilling second-act trio alone made worthwhile enduring one of the ugliest, most bone-headed productions seen at the Metropolitan Opera in many a year.   Read more »

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Eminence grise

Even when he’s not conducting the production, or, for that matter, even after the production is closed, Maestro Levine remains a presence on the Met’s website.  

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Out of hell

One can only pray that “three strikes, you’re out” applies at the Met. If so, we can rest easy that Jeremy Sams won’t be getting any new assignments.

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Un-gay

Text appeal

The festivities begin at 1:00 PM today with La bohème.

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Mireille

As the Crowe flies

Mireille Asselin will sing the role of Adele in this evening’s season premiere performance of Johann Strauss, Jr.’s Die Fledermaus.”

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Lulu

Half a million marks

Unlike my friend Greg Freed, who entertainingly wrote of his ambivalence about seeing Il trovatore in a movie theater this season, I have embraced the Met Live in HD transmissions as a part of the modern operagoing experience.

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Never on Sunday

Something to do after brunch

La Cieca hears that Peter Gelb and representatives of the Met’s various unions (not pictured) have begun preliminary plans for adding regular Sunday performances to the company’s schedule.

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Does anyone still wear a hat

Novecentonovantanove

Roberto De Biasio and Gwyn Hughes Jones will sing Pinkerton in the initial performances of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Met this spring.

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