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  • LT: Interview httpv://www.youtub D-Z-1lc 7:35 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Boris was a gem! Your suggestion for the MET to rebroadcast his intermissions and those of Alberta Maisiello, Edward... 7:34 PM
  • willym: I recall when the Houston Tancredi was announced I was on the phone from Ottawa booking my seats the minute the box office opened... 7:05 PM
  • DellaCasaFan: I think I misplaced my post. It was in response to Camille’s inquiry about the biography about Alma Mahler. 6:28 PM
  • laddie: SUBLIME MUSIC! Thank you Christopher! Very good points made about the opera’s producibility. 6:27 PM
  • DellaCasaFan: The translation is often awkward (probably the original as well) that I stopped reading after the Mahler chapter. Copiously... 6:26 PM
  • la vociaccia: It is too bad you missed the Caramoor Ciro, Camille, as that was also the night that introduced me to Michael Spyres, who... 6:10 PM
  • Camille: Thanks, fellows, for your discussion of Jessica Pratt as I have been a bit curious about her since having heard Monty ostry speak... 5:37 PM

Mavra, don’t ask!

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

Zach talk

Longtime Friend of the Box Zachary Woolfe (pictured) sits down with Marc Scorca of Opera America for a “Conversation about Opera in America,” implausibly enough. The free event is tomorrow at noon at the National Opera Center, 330 Seventh Avenue.

A series of ones and zeroes

“’I’m analytical, not wild,’ [Elina] Garanca told an interviewer in 2009. ‘When I’m onstage my brain is running like a computer.’ If that is no way to be a singer, it is also no way to direct an opera.” [New York Times]


Chiedi all’aura lusinghiera

La Rondine, which began as a light Viennese operetta before being transformed into an Italian tearjerker, is not a natural diva vehicle…

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Dead or Alive

Schrödinger’s cat fancy

“So is opera as vibrant as ever, or is it hanging on by a thread? How to write the history of an art form that hovers, Schrödinger’s catlike, simultaneously alive and dead?”

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Why, oh why?

“Alden Drops the Ballo: His Milquetoast Take on Verdi’s Classic Fizzles at the Met”

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The case of the missing Amelia

“In the space of a few words, the leading role in a major new production had been reassigned. But why?”

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Wer nicht mit dem Woolfe heult

Zachary Woolfe (not pictured) makes his way to Bayreuth to try to unravel the Evgeny Nikitin mystery.

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Closet drama

I have a confession to make about Britten’s opera Billy Budd: I don’t like it very much.”

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Fit to print

La Cieca (pictured, right) invites you to peruse what’s making headlines today.

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