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  • m. croche: Hi there, Batty! I think the iconoclasm is pretty much on the surface. None of the panelists think... 1:44 AM
  • parpignol: I thought that at the end, with ‘bell’ alma innamorata’ we got a little bit of a... 1:16 AM
  • DeepSouthSenior: Any mention of Garanca catches my attention. We’ve been round and round about this... 12:26 AM
  • m. croche: Perhaps we can stipulate that it is always harder to do something convincingly than to do... 12:20 AM
  • Batty Masetto: If this was supposed to be about iconoclasm, Barry has an odd way of explaining it. The... 12:18 AM
  • LT: I was there. Certainly a big success for him. First time hearing him live. Yes, it’s a big voice,... 12:10 AM
  • Camille: ORION! thanks a billion for all the reports!!! I can hardly wait to hear it on the 18th! GRAND... 11:56 PM
  • Camille: Just back from the Lucia. No fooling at all, a beautiful representation of the role of Edgardo. The... 11:54 PM
  • Belfagor: Well it is much easier to smash something down than to build something convincingly new. It... 11:51 PM
  • Porgy Amor: Well, the thing about Garanca — however she comes off as Carmen or Charlotte or whatever... 11:38 PM

Woolfe at the door

Longtime Friend of the Box Zachary Woolfe (left) climbs onto the masthead of the New York Times as their new classical music editor, starting Monday.

Je sens une pure flamme

“[T]here’s no chill to be detected at the Metropolitan Opera. There, the temperature rises nearly to boiling every time Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo are on stage together in a sensational revival of Manon, which opened on Monday…” 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. (Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

The incomplete idiot

Intendant Alexander Pereira halts the merry-go-round briefly to discuss Salzburg and La Scala with Zachary Woolfe of the New York Times.

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Man of the future

Javier Camerena, “as close to a rock star as the Met has produced from its male roster this season,” has big plans with the company, with at least four roles planned for future seasons.

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Happy February 1!

To celebrate the birthday of Renata Tebaldi, our friends at Opera Depot are offering a free download of live performances by this great diva.

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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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The mystery of Stefan’s “Vêpres”

The much-anticipated Stefan Herheim production of Les Vêpres Siciliennes opened last night at the Royal Opera, and the New York TimesZachary Woolfe was something less than completely bowled over.

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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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Annagnorsis

Our Own JJ debuts in the pages of the New York Observer.

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Mavra, don’t ask!

And then she was all like, “Nuh-uh! Igor was so not gay,” and I was all like…

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