Cher Public

Elle is other people

Not arch, but a triumph.

Let’s start in the middle, which in this case is the very best place to start. Soprano Patricia Racette is superb in La Voix Humaine, a work that she makes absolutely her own. Seen here, the rather dated piece feels like a great painting. (Also one that does not need or benefit from an ornate frame, but more on that later.)  Read more »

“Aristocratic sensibility and simplicity”

Born on this day in 1907 soprano Jarmila NovotnáRead more »

The vergin queen

Today’s episode of parterre saturday afternoon affords a glimpse of legendary diva Joan Sutherland in her “breakthrough” year of 1961: a live performance of I puritani from Palermo in 1961. The program, featuring Our Own JJ (not pictured), goes live at 2:00 PM. Read more »

Grand tourists

Soprano Ashley Marie Robillard and mezzo Siena Licht Miller evoke a journey to Paris, Venice, Berlin, and London.

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Terror in the aisles

“To be fair I think it was only on one screen. . . . And more importantly I’ve seen it and it’s terrible.”

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Mon cœur s’ouvre à sa voix

A “spy” unaffiliated with parterre box whispers to La Cieca that yesterday’s dress rehearsal of Samson et Dalila at the Met was sung by Nancy Fabiola Herrera.

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Touch the sky

It would be hard to imagine a more apt and poignant metaphor for the ambitious O18 Festival than the world premiere of Lembit Beecher and Hannah Moscovitch’s Sky on Swings. 

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“The silky-toned Miss Verrett makes the most of the situation”

On this day in 1968 mezzo-soprano Shirley Verrett made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Carmen.

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