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Jest you, jest me

Friday night’s Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera revealed once again a predictable dissonance between the performances on stage and Michael Mayer’s production.  Read more »

“Distinctly an individual”

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

Thank you for smoking

How do you like your Carmen? Mezzo or soprano? Flirtatious? Confrontational? Smolderingly sexy? The role – and Bizet’s opera – contain multitudes.  Read more »

Life sentence

makropulosFifty years after the U.S. premiere of Leos Janácek’s The Makropulos Case at the San Francisco Opera, the piece made a successful return to the same building this month. Featuring a daring performance by leading soprano Nadja Michael and sung in the original Czech, Janácek’s disconcerting commentary on youth and immortality received a full-throated performance.  Read more »

Thank you for smoking

Along with Don Giovanni, Carmen is an odd bird on the list of the most beloved and frequently performed works.

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Pretty perfect

In a winter rich with splashy debuts, Friday’s performance of Le Comte Ory introduced a 27-year-old South African charmer who may well be the Met’s next big star.

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He, Avgust! Bringt mir unser Sänger her!

Avgust Amonov will make his Met debut in the title role of tomorrow evening’s performance of Verdi’s Otello, replacing Johan Botha, who is ill.

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La Cieca hears that soprano Latonia Moore will make her Metropolitan Opera debut this Saturday afternoon.

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