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  • Feldmarschallin: LOL. Lets see if she sings. She just had her second baby. Perhaps Edith Haller will replace... 7:23 AM
  • manou: Would you prefer “dasching 221;? 7:19 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: This from the Met website: James Levine returns to Wagner with a signature run of this epic... 7:16 AM
  • Uncle Kvetch: Tickets must be selling poorly. Tickets are way cheap on Met web site. There are definitely... 7:03 AM
  • Olivero is my Drug of Choice: httpv://youtu.be/t M0SVA3b0XE 4:48 AM
  • La marquise de Merteuil: I also wish to add: - I think it was Stendhal (?) who termed Pasta and Malibran... 4:08 AM
  • ML: I’m not sure Hvoro’s comments were eccentric. I’m not sure, either, why Bluevicks... 2:56 AM
  • Buster: And she portrays Agathe as a real person instead of an angelical zombie. That must have come from... 2:40 AM
  • Buster: Charlotte Margiono in the Konwitschny Freischütz. Never saw that before! Love it when an Agathe sings... 2:06 AM
  • steveac10: And if they’re right somebody needs to alert the likes of Farrar, Jeritza, Kirsten, Moffo... 12:52 AM

Mein Ross! Sei mir gegrüsst!

Götterdämmerung, the final installment of Lepage’s Ring, arrived in January, rounding out what must be considered a historic achievement. Pound for pound, ton for ton, it is the most witless and wasteful production in modern operatic history….  It’s an embarrassment that this catastrophically vapid spectacle is what New York has to offer to the world on the occasion of the Wagner bicentennial, which arrives next year.”  [The New Yorker]

Those whom the goddesses would destroy

poplavskaya_thumbControversial diva Marina Poplavskaya is the subject of a profile in the current New Yorker that does not include any bloodhounds snappin’ at her rear end, but that’s about the only life experience omitted. Highlights include the soprano’s lugging a trolley full of luggage across 14 lanes of Buenos Aires traffic following a dispute with a hotel manager, marking up in a dozen different colors the orchestra score of the Verdi Requiem, and the bit where she runs out the stage door in full evening dress, hops on a motorcycle, and zips off to the airport. Believe me, this is worth subscribing!

L’argent fait stealth attacks

koch_state_theaterCongratuations to David H. Koch for a lavish profile in The New Yorker celebrating his social success with Kennedys and Trumps and especially his munificence with artistic and cultural organizations including the New York City Opera!  And further kudos to The New Yorker for noting high up in the article that the publicity-shy philanthropist is “best known as part of a family that has repeatedly funded stealth attacks on the federal government, and on the Obama Administration in particular.” [The New Yorker]