Cher Public

  • NPW-Paris: I know (who doesn’t?) that Parterre is demanding but must we be word perfect even in Welsh? 4:15 PM
  • armerjacquino: Verrett was a stunning-looking woman; no ‘don fatal’ discords there! 4:04 PM
  • Lohenfal: WCO, thanks for acknowledging the Parsifal premiere, but the date of the first performance was July 26, 1882. The second one was... 3:53 PM
  • Operngasse: I hope that this will fall into the “loverly lyrical” category: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=JEkE AaJFCOg I... 2:44 PM
  • Camille: She stepped up her intensity considerably in the “Töt erst sein Weib” section and I really enjoyed and might prefer... 2:28 PM
  • Orlando Furioso: I had never heard that about Georg & Claire, but it wouldn’t be out of character for him. Fortunately the... 2:11 PM
  • Camille: Just finishing Act I and Florestan making his appearance and can say with a sigh of relief that I’m very glad some of... 1:57 PM
  • kashania: Russell Thomas was an excellent Don José in Toronto a couple of months ago. He and Rachvelishvilli were on fire in the final act. 1:36 PM

Annagnorsis

Our Own JJ (not pictured) debuts in the pages of the New York Observer with a look at the highlights of the fall season.  It’s all about the Annas, except for a solitary Nico.

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.

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A series of ones and zeroes

“I’m analytical, not wild,” Ms. Garanca told an interviewer in 2009.

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woolfe_opolais

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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