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  • Will: I like the idea of a cold Germont; I have felt for a long time that the supposed warm father/daughter... 7:52 PM
  • olliedawg: “richly deserves every…” ; (fingers & brain out of alignment this evening) 7:39 PM
  • olliedawg: GM — wow..what a list of the fabulous and fantastic! 7:38 PM
  • olliedawg: Sanford, I am beyond envious that you got to see Troyanos and Gasdia in Capuletti. TT was the... 7:35 PM
  • Avantialouie: I heard Rebeka in “Traviata 221; in Chicago last season. And it is exactly the... 7:09 PM
  • Evenhanded: Well. Thanks for the excellent review, Ivy. I don’t attend many Met performances, but will... 6:01 PM
  • lorenzo.venezia: Yes, Porgy, the Carsen production is, IMO, far more satisfying than Decker’s. And... 5:34 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Wtf? Did a bug crawl up your butt this morning? 5:10 PM
  • phoenix: It doesn’t matter. Gelb recommends her & Ivy loved her ‘bell-like&# 8217; tones... 4:59 PM
  • Gualtier M: We overlapped at LOC around 1985, Sanford. I saw that Capuleti with Gasdia’s U.S. debut.... 4:55 PM

Why Rupert Christiansen is the wrong commentator about gay rights protesters

The veteran British critic click-whored, “[B]ased on the possibly paranoid notion that the two men are as thick as thieves, Gergiev is being systematically harassed and hounded before performances in both New York and London by campaigners who feel that his silence on the gay issue indicates his tacit support for his chum in the Kremlin.”

O nube! che lieve per l’aria ti aggiri

Prominent local “billionaire scam artist” Alberto Vilar has asked for an extension on his court-imposed curfew so he may attend the Met’s Eugene Onegin and “socialize” afterward with the performers. Read more »

The rite of autumn

Queer Nation claims responsibility for tonight’s political action in Carnegie Hall, chanting “[Valery] Gergiev, Your Silence is Killing Russian Gays!” as the maestro arrived on stage to lead an all-Stravinsky program. According to a press release from the activist group, “The protesters, who were met mostly with applause but also with some boos, were led away by security guards. There were no arrests.”

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Tonight or Neva

Last night, the Met opened the 2013-14 season with a handsome, fairly conservative new production of Eugene Onegin by Deborah Warner that replaces the handsome, fairly conservative one by Robert Carsen. (The trend is clear.)

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Pushkin comes to shove

Onegin, which opens the Met’s season on Monday, has taken an unusually precipitous tumble…

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Ring à la russe

Wagner is becoming an important calling card for Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre.

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