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“Hadrian leans mournfully against the sarcophagus containing Antinous’s body as five male dancers in G-strings stand statuesque in the background.” [New York Times]

All things lavish

On this day in 1964 Metropolitan Opera’s opening night was a new production of AidaRead more »

LOC strike ends!

Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Chicago Federation of Musicians Local #10-208 (CFM) (not pictured) announced today that they have reached a multi-year labor agreement extending through the 2020/21 season, according to a press release from LOC.

“Of all creatures that can feel and think, we women are the worst treated things alive”

Sonya Yoncheva dons the mantle of Cherubini’s Medée this afternoon at 1:05 PM.

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“Distinctly an individual”

On this day in 1965 soprano Renata Scotto made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Cio-Cio-San.

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Is American cultural criticism doomed?

La Cieca made up her mind she really must try refute Terry Teachout‘s rant against contemporary opera at the Met.

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Automaton poem

With only a few weeks left to slice up our pumpkins and track down the perfect Luigi for our Mario, the timing seems right for a pair of Gothic operas set in a crypt. 

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Broadcast: La fanciulla del West

Before the advent of Jonas Kaufmann next week, Yusif Eyvazov sings his final (scheduled) Dick Johnson of the Met season tonight,streaming live starting at 7:25.

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