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Alzare le spalle

“Non mi dispiace” seemed to be the general consensus in the loggione December 7 when Verdi’s Attila came roaring into La Scala to open the 2018-19 season.  Read more »

Dancer in the dark

One of the highlights of my college experience thus far was trying my hand at stage directing for the first time with Hugo von Hofmannstahl’s Electra in February. As I worked through the busy, evocative script with a group of talented young actors, I remember being continuously struck by just how much Hofmannsthal gave us to work with.  Read more »

Dishonored in the breach

As much as we like to believe it does, opera doesn’t always “work,” and if you go in to an opera dead-set on pointing that out, then you’re 1) a problem and 2) misusing your free time – nap at home next time!  Read more »

Down in the depths

If opera as a genre in justified in its claim to one particular story, history confirms that the Orpheus myth would be that story.

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Conspicuous consumption

On Thursday evening, the Teatro alla Scala audience didn’t watch the familiar presentation of a “wayward woman” who overcomes moral inferiority only to be robbed of happiness when she finally deserved it.

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Start the revolution with me

La Scala’s 2017-2018 season will open with a new production of Andrea Chenier starring Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov.

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Se il destassi… no, peloso!

The one glitch was a much-publicised fiasco in the bear-pit of Milan’s La Scala, where in 1998 she was booed after her performance in Donzietti’s Lucrezia Borgia.”

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The hole truth

Finally the reason for all that screaming at La Scala begins to emerge.

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