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The amazing race

“’The next season came together first by knowing we had Russell [Thomas],’ [Francesca] Zambello said. ‘I think some things should be cast with certain physical types, and the role of Otello is one of them’.” [Washington Post]

Pyramid scheme

Hey, look, everybody! The garbage production of Aida that stunk up San Francisco Opera’s most recent season is now on its way to DC! Isn’t it inspiring how deeply Francesca Zambello has sunk her tentacles into the heart of American opera?

All’s for the worst in this worst of all possible worlds!

So, according to recent season announcements, two “major” US companies will present in 2017-2018 what La Cieca cannot help but regard as the worst possible combination of director and material, Francesca Zambello‘s production of CandideRead more »

That ’70s show

Siegfried, WNO, Washington, DCWashington National Opera followed up Monday’s lavishly praised Die Walküre with a Siegfried that, if not quite rising to the summit of the previous installment, delivered a musically committed and eminently watchable version of this complicated work.  Read more »

Burden of gilt

Happily, this Rheingold, which returned to the Kennedy Center Saturday night to open the first of three complete cycles, has been shorn of its clumsier gestures.

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one

Gala this; gala that; who knew rich people wore clothes so badly?

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One night only, one night only, there’s nothing more to say

“The Art House in Provincetown, MA, headed by Mark Cortale, will present Metropolitan Opera Star Deborah Voigt in ‘Voigt Lessons’ created by Terrence McNally, Francesca Zambello and Deborah Voigt, for one night only on August 2 at 6:30 PM.”

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Escape from nuance

Just when you though it was impossible to have any less respect for Francesca Zambello

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