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The party of Lincoln

Gala concerts are much like life in general. You do not want the wonderful parts to end, you know the unpleasant parts will pass quickly enough, and there are always bad outfits to make fun of. The Metropolitan Opera has returned regularly to the format through the years, with star-studded concerts in 1966, 1972, 1983, 1991, 1996, 2006, 2009 and 2017 to mark a change of address, a general manager’s retirement or a significant anniversary.  Read more »

E avanti a lui russava tutta Roma

Once again the Met guided its expensive new production to the DMV (that is, stage director David McVicar) on New Year’s Eve and if the vehicle didn’t stall out like the last time it provided sufficient evidence that the seemingly omnipresent “driver” might helpfully have his NYS license revoked.  Read more »

Are the stars out tonight?

This year’s Richard Tucker Music Foundation’s annual gala concert at Carnegie Hall, though marginally less starry than last year’s, promises 2017 Tucker Award winner, soprano Nadine Sierra, joined by Ailyn Pérez, Tamara Wilson, Stephanie Blythe, Tara Erraught, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Javier Camarena, Vittorio Grigolo and Sir Bryn Terfel.

Glitter and be gala

Finally, Peter Gelb brings camp back to opera!

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Fifty shades of gold

Anticipation of events like the Metropolitan Opera’s 50th Anniversary bash turns me back into the newly opera-soused kid who begged his parents to let him watch the highlights of the Bing Gala on the family color television.

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The music, ho!

Here’s where the parterriani will surely gather to hear and to comment upon this evening’s monster gala celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Met’s incumbency at Lincoln Center.

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Tucker everlasting

The Richard Tucker Music Foundation’s annual gala promises (note, promises) a particularly glittery roster this year.

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All tomorrows shall be as today

For your Wednesday listening enjoyment, here’s a BBC broadcast of the Gala Farewell to Sir David Webster (pictured, left) at the Royal Opera House on July 9, 1970.

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