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Online of fire

“She defines ‘extra.’ She pushes herself to her limits, and then goes a step further, usually in purple mink. She embodies an excess that lies at the molten core of opera, and which spills into the images she unloads online.” — Our Own Joel Rozen in the New York Times.

Heaven is a place on Broadway

It seems at first glance to have come from sort of jukebox musical auto-generator — Sir Philip Sidney’s epic poem of good governance and inappropriate desire, the Arcadia, with the music of chart-topping New Wave girl group The Go-Go’s? What kind of half-baked post-Mamma Mia cash-in is that? Read more »

Bernstein’s Mess

In lieu of a parterre box review of Mostly Mozart’s Mass (none of the our bullpen showed any interest in taking the piece on), here’s what Zachary Woolfe has to say: “I think that if it’s not [Bernstein’s] worst, it surely reflects his worst tendencies: his allergy to self-editing, his saccharine streak, his embarrassing wordplay, his obsession with (and tone-deafness toward) youth culture, his weak counterfeits of pop styles.” [New York Times]

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.

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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.

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House of wax

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

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“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.

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Like breathing out and breathing in

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

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