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Sleeping with the fishes

With a cast of stellar singers and maladroit direction by Mary Zimmerman, Dvorák’s Rusalka debuts in a new production at the Metropolitan Opera. The libretto, by Jaroslav Kvapil (based upon the fairy tale Undine by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué) is probably most recognizable as an iteration of The Little Mermaid, a folktale made famous by Hans Christian Andersen in the 19th century, and the wonderful world of Disney in the 20th.   Read more »

Public enemy

La Cieca (not pictured) cannot say she entirely agrees with the statement (after the jump) made by Mary Zimmerman in an interview today with the New York Times, but she (La Cieca, that is) is most interested in hearing your reaction to said statement about (more or less) “what’s wrong with opera audiences?”  Read more »

The chopping block?

Chopping block“After five flops in a row, Mr. McVicar continues to win new assignments from the Met: in the 2017-2018 season alone, he’s booked for Bellini’s Norma and Puccini’s Tosca, with Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur down the line.” [Observer]


“Opera can, in fact, be something beautiful and moving even when all a performance has going for it is some really excellent singing.”

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You were dead, you know

Three-time Met régisseuse Mary Zimmerman is taking it to the Windy City, helming a “newly adapted” Candide for Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. “Danny Pelzig choreographs the cataclysmic events that ensue.” []

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