Agreeing to disagree Agreeing to disagree

“Pitting the eminent conductor James Levine against the Metropolitan Opera, which fired him in 2018 amid accusations of sexual misconduct…”

on August 06, 2019 at 5:44 PM
Ah tweet mystery of life Ah tweet mystery of life

“…newfound celebrity on Twitter, where she is beloved by some of opera’s most ardent fans.”

on July 12, 2019 at 2:29 PM
Billy Budd, queen of the birds Billy Budd, queen of the birds

The pretty boy who got a bum rap.

on April 18, 2019 at 11:18 AM
Mannes Ehre, ewige mocked Mannes Ehre, ewige mocked

When Anthony Tommasini finds more political content in the Ring than your stage director does, you’re doing it wrong.

on March 28, 2019 at 11:41 AM
Born to lose Born to lose

Robert Lepage‘s direction of a crucial scene in the Ring is even worse than Otto Schenk‘s, if such a thing is possible.”

on March 20, 2019 at 2:48 PM
Welcome to the Machine Welcome to the Machine

Robert Lepage promises a more “urban” take on the work.

on February 22, 2019 at 10:05 AM
A very Millo sequel A very Millo sequel

“Can the Diva Who Once Ruled the Met Make a Comeback?”

on January 29, 2019 at 1:08 PM
Keep it gay Keep it gay

Our Own Joel Rozen in Slate ponders the good gay vs. bad gay politics of Zachary Woolfe‘s New York Times celebration of Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

on January 24, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Out of sight, out of mind Out of sight, out of mind

Now, you would think nothing could please gaycentric La Cieca more than yesterday’s New York Times profile of the Met’s new music director…

on January 16, 2019 at 9:49 AM
This is a job for Captain Obvious This is a job for Captain Obvious

“We’ve realized that, actually, the status quo is not an option if we want to survive, let alone thrive.”

on December 21, 2018 at 1:07 PM
Online of fire Online of fire

“She defines ‘extra.'”

on December 08, 2018 at 10:19 AM
Heaven is a place on Broadway Heaven is a place on Broadway

Broadway’s new Head Over Heels is anything but under committed; it’s a show with an irresistibly fun spirit and an infallibly good heart.

on August 01, 2018 at 10:12 AM
Bernstein’s Mess Bernstein’s Mess

“I think that if it’s not [Bernstein’s] worst, it surely reflects his worst tendencies…”

on July 19, 2018 at 9:32 AM
You gotta ring them bells You gotta ring them bells

At long last (and about fucking time) undisputed genius Stefan Herheim will make his Metropolitan Opera debut, staging Les Vêpres siciliennes.

on June 29, 2018 at 7:42 AM
Muh legacy! Muh legacy!

A letter to the New York Times from the the company’s doughty press director Tim McKeough addresses the recent spate of running around with hair on fire about James Levine‘s artistic legacy.

on June 06, 2018 at 9:15 AM
House of wax House of wax

In a steampunk moment, 21st century singers try on 19th century technology.

on April 20, 2018 at 10:15 AM
“Rock-a-bye your rock-a-bye baby with a tune from Mycenae!” “Rock-a-bye your rock-a-bye baby with a tune from Mycenae!”

Yummy Yannick Nézet-Séguin belts out a song in a Met practice room.

on February 28, 2018 at 3:00 PM
Like breathing out and breathing in Like breathing out and breathing in

Has anyone who assigned, wrote, edited or published this piece ever seen My Fair Lady?

on February 22, 2018 at 3:18 PM
Arms and the man I sing Arms and the man I sing

Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin has been doing heavy lifting not only in the metaphorical but in the literal sense as well.

on February 03, 2018 at 2:16 PM
Don’t bother me, I can’t Copley Don’t bother me, I can’t Copley

So it turns out the spin from all of Good Old Uncle John’s chums is not quite accurate after all.

on February 02, 2018 at 11:42 PM
Sommo giubilo, Eccellenza! Sommo giubilo, Eccellenza!

Peter Gelb announces that the Met will return its 1980s glory days as a hideously overpriced theme park and David McVicar whinges about literally everything.

on December 28, 2017 at 8:00 AM
“You just want to kiss yourself, you sound so great” “You just want to kiss yourself, you sound so great”

“Are you kidding? I’m having it put in my casket.”

on December 22, 2017 at 10:57 AM
Tales of the Bavarian baloney pony Tales of the Bavarian baloney pony

In November, everyone wanted to hear more about Jonas Kaufmann‘s Johnson.

on December 01, 2017 at 9:15 AM
Gray lady Gray lady

Denigrating myths about opera abound.

on October 31, 2017 at 10:04 AM