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  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: In this production he gets his balls handed to him as a crucifix extends downward and becomes a dildo. I am... 8:46 PM
  • luvtennis1: Patrick – he is not saying that. He holds up the HvK recordings as great “conductor&# 8221; driven recorded... 8:46 PM
  • mjmacmtenor: Given the subject of this article, he is probably referring to the WSS at the Hollywood Bowl. Reviews are terrific. I saw... 8:45 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Sorry, dear, but when one is in Bayreuth one need concern one’s self only with dressing for the... 8:43 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: I don’t seem to recall anyone mentioning that Dudamel was LOUDLY booed at his Wiener Staatsoper debut... 8:30 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Decca blocks all transmissions of Bartoli’s works at Salzburg unless it decides to release them... 8:25 PM
  • manou: This is a clip from the Orange production which I attended. There are more than 8,000 spectators in the Theatre Antique, and the... 7:52 PM
  • LT: An idea for a regie Nozze – set it in the Clinton household. 6:41 PM

Je ne suis pas précis ici

championIf you’ve been following the coverage of the Nézet-Séguin succession, you will note that a good deal of the coverage centers on whether the incoming maestro will “champion” this composer or that, as we are assured that the sainted and revered James Levine did with, say, Debussy.  Read more »

Auf den Leichen lag sie tot

WalkureThe 2017 Salzburg Easter Festival promises an intriguing blend of dramaturgy and necromancy “by attempting to re-create Karajan’s musico-theatrical vision of Die Walküre from 1967.”  Read more »

But the Levy was dry

The redevelopment that took place at Lincoln Center during Reynold Levy’s tenure as president of Lincoln Center represents a considerable accomplishment.  One can can question decisions, priorities and outcomes (devoting precious plaza real estate to a very good, but very expensive restaurant; the awkward, treacherous path from the Met through a Brian de Palma-inspired tunnel to the subway),  but Levy deserves recognition for the combination of  fundraising savvy, stubbornness, and leadership he displayed in getting this done.  Surely, there’s an interesting saga to told. Unfortunately, Levy’s ponderously titled memoir They Told Me Not to Take that Job: Tumult, Betrayal, Heroics, and the Transformation of Lincoln Center doesn’t tell it.   Read more »

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“Die Zeit, die ist ein sonderbar’ Ding”

Peter Gelb has single-handedly ravaged the finances of the Met not only during his own incumbency, but in the distant past as well.

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Borne back ceaselessly into the past

So, cher public, have you heard about this fabulous new plan to revive the New York City Opera under the direction of Michael Capasso?

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Out of Touch

In a press release that was obviously sent in 1985 and for some bizarre reason only just arrived an hour ago, Lyric Opera of Chicago has announced the production of a new Ring cycle with Sir Andrew Davis conducting and David Pountney directing.

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Ancien regie

“But like any production left out in the sun a few decades, it gradually faded into mere decoration.”

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Constellation

Here, for the first time in 40 years, the CBS telecast of the April 21-22 gala honoring the retirement of Sir Rudolf Bing.

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Once in half a lifetime

Then and now: the “Dio ti giocondi, o sposo” duet from Otello.

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Re-entrance

La Cieca (not pictured) has just accessed a new feature in YouTube that imported a dozen or so “classic” parterre video clips from Google Video into the familiar YouTube interface.

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