Cher Public

  • aulus agerius: He himself has acknowledged his top notes as his weak point as far back as The Audition as he peevishly belittled Alek... 2:17 PM
  • armerjacquino: Did I dream it, or was there once, many years ago, a parterre discussion about a ‘FriendsR 17; COSI? Could never... 2:16 PM
  • Krunoslav: “wouldn’t the logical thing have been to find a new Rachel?” Why not go with a time-tested one? http://tinyurl.... 2:13 PM
  • Batty Masetto: Kurzak did a superb job, and she herself said that her voice has darkened since her pregnancy so that Rachel actually fits... 2:02 PM
  • tiger1: Thanks – but wouldn’t the logical thing have been to find a new Rachel? 1:53 PM
  • Batty Masetto: Yes, Silvestrelli’ ;s voice does seem to be going at the top and bottom, though the fundamental color doesn’t... 1:49 PM
  • chicagoing: Yes, I was at that Saturday evening performance, which I am very happy to have seen in spite of my comment. I believe it was... 1:07 PM
  • kashania: Thanks for the great report, Batty! I agree about Fabiano’s stage deportment. It’s in evidence in concert too, like... 12:57 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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prince

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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