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  • Milady DeWinter: Sweetie, from your mouth to God’s ear : Anna, come save AIda! I totally agree that she... 6:21 PM
  • calaf47: Yes…a very exciting evening in every way…with the “second̶ 1; cast and... 6:18 PM
  • Lindoro Almaviva: While I am at it, why not Larmore or Sonia Ganassi? They are moving to heavier Rep with... 6:05 PM
  • Lindoro Almaviva: I think Vesselina Kassarova used to do the role and she sounded pretty ferocious in it.... 5:58 PM
  • Uncle Kvetch: I saw it 10 days later, on Halloween. The Pamina that night was Miah Persson, and Toby Spence... 5:27 PM
  • antikitschychick: best of luck to you on your business travails Sanford :-). 5:11 PM
  • antikitschychick: yes Aida does require a lot of stamina…only singers with great technique can get... 5:09 PM
  • Satisfied: Fantastic performance of Brahms’ German Requiem this afternoon at Carnegie. Tempi was a... 4:57 PM
  • antikitschychick: Oye pero tu estabas acabando en esos dias ehh?? ;-). Being able to sit down and have a real... 4:56 PM
  • Satisfied: So looking forward to Wednesday’s performance! My only chance to see Herr Kaufmann all... 4:50 PM

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, with its wispy emotions and clunky plot…. Yet despite the work’s slightness, Ms. Opolais seemed to live within it, growing in stature as the evening went on and radiating the kind of aura—one that demands that you watch her, and sympathize with her—that defines a star.” Once again, Zachary Woolfe nails it.

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?” As we awaken from our holiday nap, what better reading to curl up with than a review by Zachary Woolfe (not pictured) of the new study A History of Opera?

Why, oh why?

“Alden Drops the Ballo: His Milquetoast Take on Verdi’s Classic Fizzles at the Met” [New York Observer]

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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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Screen and screen again

The New York Times sends cub reporter (Get it? Cub reporter! Oh, La Cieca is killing herself with the puns!) Zachary Woolfe to the movie palaces of the heartland.

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Ass backwards

Zachary Woolfe went to Las Vegas and all we got was a thoughtful analysis of why Robert Lepage was never a good fit for the Ring.

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Take the Monnaie and run

“Though Mr. Herheim’s work is rigorous, it is also fun, and this Rusalka is serious but the opposite of dour.”

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