Cher Public

“I wish I could say I was sorry!”

Says the the New York Post, “James Levine is trying to discredit one of his alleged victims by dredging up a ‘love’ letter his teen accuser once wrote to him.” And if that sounds like the plot of a Bette Davis movie, don’t blame me, I didn’t write it.

Good evening, ladies and germs

“Renée: ‘It’s a comedy, a farce, and I’ve become addicted to making people laugh’.” [New York Post]

Running, jumping, or burning Gaul

Far be it from me to join the Schadenfreudian chorus of “Bye, Bye, Berti!” you may have been hearing in certain quarters, but the first thing I am duty-bound to report about San Francisco Opera’s Norma (of which three performances remain) is that they’ve hit the jackpot, coverwise. Russell Thomas, in for Marco Berti, is a very fine Pollione, at once elegant and heroic—a rare combination even in these tenor-rich times with so many worthy lyric singers. Read more »

Golden “Boys”

Who knows what to expect from an opera about the Internet?

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The private life of implants

“The queen of tabloid TV arrived at BAM Tuesday night in Anna Nicole, an opera brimming with wit and good taste. In other words, they got Anna Nicole all wrong.”

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Blind item

If you’re a hard-core opera buff who finds the Met’s flashy sets and costumes distracting, have I got a show for you!

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Monkey do

Opening last night, the most buzzed-about show at the Lincoln Center Festival was inspired by a 16th-century Chinese folk tale of a sassy Monkey, who uses his magic powers and awesome kung fu skills to retrieve holy scriptures from India.

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Man in chair

The question on everyone’s lips at Carnegie Hall was, “Is Jimmy back in form?”

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