Cher Public

  • Camille: La diva è ritrosa… httpv://youtube.co m/watch?v=h-I2HzVS Df0 https://youtube.co m/watch?v=h-I2HzVS Df0 The album cover... 8:42 AM
  • NPW-Paris: I had the privilege to see her sing Ellen in Paris. 8:36 AM
  • NPW-Paris: Lovely! I wish I could write like you, Manou… 8:34 AM
  • Camille: Last but not least: httpv://youtube.co m/watch?list=PL7AL t1L4ZhgPHAt3of-62W 3SXbTbmaLUP&v= GMkRMiO8FIU ['Twas VdlA and None... 8:29 AM
  • Krunoslav: Not to mention M.C. Escher. 8:17 AM
  • Lohengrin: https://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=-Wc0 7o6Sgr0 find the others also there. 8:08 AM
  • manou: …and also http://tinyurl.com /qyw7vpn But this one really only for Francophones who will appreciate the Rococo style. Google... 7:59 AM
  • manou: What a wonderful place and people!love this amazing country!!Had a great concert yesterday!#beitedd inefestivals pic.twitter.com... 7:55 AM

Tale of the tape

As the Deutsche Grammophon producer for the 1972 Metropolitan Opera Carmen recording, I was delighted to read Patrick Mack’s review of its recent re-release on a surround-sound/stereo CD set.  Mr. Mack gives very evocative descriptions of the artists who poured their talents (and hearts) into this production, from Leonard Bernstein, Marilyn Horne, James McCracken, Tom Krause, Adriana Maliponte and Donald Gramm to the supporting roles and the wonderful musicians and choristers.   Read more »

All futures great and small

The Metropolitan Opera yesterday afternoon was an uncommonly cozy place, as the auditorium was packed to the rafters with friends and family members of the nine National Council Audition Finalists. For the finalists I’m sure the experience was nerve-wracking but it was heartwarming to see the huge cheering crowds for each finalist.   Read more »

The kids are not all right

“’They’re young… they’re in love… and they kill people’ goes the tagline for the 1968 film Bonnie and Clyde, but the slogan could apply almost as well to the outlaw pair at the center of the Metropolitan Opera’s white-hot revival of Massenet’s Manon.” Our Own JJ also ponders another revival (if that is not too strong a word), Lucia di Lammermoor, in his latest New York Observer roundup. (Photo: Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera)

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Spring can really hang you up the most

Zeljko Lucic has withdrawn from his spring Met engagements due to illness.

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Opera snooze

That much-anticipated and much-feared “exposé” about Peter Gelb and the Met? Almost completely rehash.

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Manon Met

Je sens une pure flamme

Our Own JJ‘s take on the Massenet will not appear until next week, but for now you are invited to make do with Zachary Woolfe‘s rave in the New York Times.

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“The cold bothered me, anyway”

“It was the chilliest opening night at the Met in years on Monday—barely 15 degrees when the curtain went up on the company premiere of La Donna del Lago.

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Met Season

Ebben… domani

The Met announces its 2015-2016 season tomorrow at 1:00 PM, cher public, and La Cieca knows you will all be here to discuss and dissect

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One for the woad

Ellen Douglas finds herself in Act II of Rossini’s La Donna del Lago in the far from unusual operatic position of having her love claimed by two impassioned tenors in the bel canto version of a macho drag race.

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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.

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