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  • armerjacquino: It was indeed a delightful post. (I don’t like quarreling. Only an idiot likes quarreling. Saying so will doubtless... 5:09 PM
  • antikitschychick: Cicciabella, for posting that review I thank you. (Also, email you about my spring break trip I must! Amsterdam... 5:09 PM
  • grimoaldo: hahaha Particularly interested in this debate I am not but most entertained by this post I certainly was, delightfully written... 5:04 PM
  • antikitschychick: Armerj, smart and righteous you are but taking what I said to the extreme you are because like to quarrel you do ;-).... 4:56 PM
  • Porgy Amor: No, the unnamed, puny-sounding Manrico on Netrebko’s DVD of Trovatore is Gaston Rivero. He stepped in late, so there was... 4:38 PM
  • kekszakallu: Catherine Foster was born about 2 miles away from where I live, so when I saw her in the Ring cycle in Amsterdam a couple of... 4:16 PM
  • Cicciabella: Brandon Jovanovich is also a very good Cavaradossi. Eyvazov is hardly the only game in town, although sound spinto tenors are... 4:09 PM
  • armerjacquino: Well, it could be argued that having to mention two tenors who by your own admission don’t sing the role would... 3:31 PM

Not nobody, not nohow!

“Mr. Luisi won praise replacing Mr. Levine time after time, particularly in a costly version of Wagner’s Ring cycle—though, perhaps in a sign of the situation’s delicacy, the two conductors have never met in person.” [New York Times]

“Venez-vous me mettre en bustier, cher auteur de mes maux?”

“Few operas better represent a moment such as ours, when stability and long-held certainties are hard to come by, particularly in regard to sexuality.” [New York Times]

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.

Manon Met

Je sens une pure flamme

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.

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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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Noises Off

Pushkin comes to shove

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

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