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Something cool

When she recently announced that she had broken a rib, my heart sank: another Elina Garanca Met cancellation! But no, there she was radiantly present at Carnegie Hall Friday night performing a ravishingly somber Rückert-Lieder with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the MET Orchestra.  Read more »

Bland date

With a program of Schumann, Wagner, Ravel and de Falla, mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca and pianist Kevin Murphy delivered an underdone performance at Carnegie Hall on Tuesday night.  Read more »

Strike while the irony is hot

At last the future plans of America’s Most Beloved Semi-Retired People’s Diva have been revealed! Renée Fleming (right) will return to the Metropolitan Opera in 2019 for the world premiere of an opera with libretto by Mark Adamo and music by Jake HeggieRead more »

Today or tomorrow or the day after that

“Time is a strange thing,” the lady observes, to a young man who cannot begin to understand what she is talking about.

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Woman on the verge of a repertoire breakthrough

Revive is a manifesto of sorts, declaring Elina Garanca’s intentions for the new direction in her career.

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Der Snuggiekavalier

The Met’s cobranding efforts are really beginning to pay off.

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Screen queen

This season’s Met Donizetti Tudor Trilogy concluded with Roberto Devereux, given its penultimate performance by HD transmission Saturday, April 16. It is good to see these works finally given here; they are too important, too crucial a part of the operatic repertory to have been ignored for as long as they have. 

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I want your Essex

During its first-ever Roberto Devereux Thursday evening one felt transported back to the Volpe years: four of the Met’s biggest stars shining in an opulent (if occasionally perverse) but reassuringly non-challenging production paid for by Sybil B. Harrington.

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