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  • Krunoslav: “How many times I’ve told you not to touch my things…̶ 1; 3:29 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=UUYa A48rAfw 2:42 PM
  • DeepSouthSenior: I thought scabs were not an option for the Met. 2:01 PM
  • ML: Not to forgot Louis de Funès! 1:56 PM
  • tannengrin: httpv://youtu.be/8 -5lBpkEC6I 1:56 PM
  • reedroom: good 1:49 PM
  • DeepSouthSenior: I know I shouldn’t admit this, but after Elina Garanca as Carmen on Live in HD in... 1:48 PM
  • ML: Kaufmann routinely does not “open up” fully. He can be quite sparing, like Angela Gheorghiu.... 1:37 PM
  • DeepSouthSenior: After weeks of huffing, puffing, bloviating, and hyperventilating, reality always has a way... 1:37 PM
  • Chirper: Speaking of early in the game, I believe the musicians voted to strike about 7 or 8 weeks ago in the... 1:24 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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