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Golden ‘Girls’ season finale

The conclusion of our Fanciulla del West video overview in three parts looks at a trio of performances from the 2010s.  Read more »

Minnie happy returns

The Fanciulla del West video overview begun yesterday resumes, as Puccini’s Girl closes out the 20th century and gallops into the 21st. But first, a few words on the opera’s place in the repertory.   Read more »

All about the ‘Girl’ who came to stay

On Thursday, Puccini’s seventh opera, the California Gold Rush romance La fanciulla del West, returns to its birthplace for its first Met performances since 2011. Eva-MariaWestbroek will be back to sing Minnie three Octobers following her Met appearances as a very different virginal heroine, Wagner’s Elisabeth.  Read more »

O sink hernieder, Nacht der Lenny

Well here we are, beloveds, still swathed in the warm glow of the Leonard Bernstein centennial. Box sets abound like bunnies in a hutch.

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Mit leichtem Herz und leichten Händen

Der Rosenkavalier (on Blu-ray and DVD) is from the Met HD broadcast which also happened to be the final performance of the run, becoming a true souvenir of the farewells of its two leading ladies.

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Digging in the dirt

Even those of us who consider Guillaume Tell Rossini’s greatest opera understand why it has not been his most frequently staged.

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What women want

Psychology is encoded in the composer’s vocal lines more than his librettist’s words.

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It’s a new dawn, it’s a new Dane

C-major has made available the first DVD/Blu-ray of Franco Faccio’s Amleto.

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