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Broadcast: Samson et Dalila

According to The Daily Bugle, the crème de la crème of New York music lovers are already gathering at the Metropolitan Opera for the opening night premiere of Samson et Dalila! La Cieca invites to you listen to the festivities beginning at 6:00 PM, and of course to discuss the performance in the comments section below.   Read more »

Better call Gaul

“Is this what they call a ‘textured’ performance?”

A gnawing sense of déja vu kept invading my thoughts during the second half of Bellini’s Norma Monday evening: I was reminded of the Met’s Opening Night two years ago when the audience got a new dark, dull Otello that didn’t at all improve on the production it was replacing.  Read more »

Broadcast: Norma

“When other friendships are for the birds, ours will sing in thirds! Lahdle-ahdle-ahdle-dig-dig-dig!”

The cher public are surely already fluffing the sofa pillows and uncrating the snacks for tonight’s broadcast of the Met’s opening night performance of Norma. The free broadcast and the obligatory parterre chat both begin at 6:00 PM EDT. (The opera proper begins approximately 6:30.) Read more »

A whiter shade of pale

While the celebrity-studded, expensively-dressed audience gathered for the gala opening of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2015-2016 season seemed genuinely enthralled by Monday evening’s performance of Otello, it was more likely swept away by the power of Verdi’s genius than by Bartlett Sher’s puzzling, inert new production.

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Pushkin comes to shove

Onegin, which opens the Met’s season on Monday, has taken an unusually precipitous tumble…

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Read meat

After last night’s opening of L’elisir d’amore, the chirping of the first critics is heard.

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First sip

UPDATE: A video preview of the new Elisir follows the jump.

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La Cieca, like Nature, abhors a vacuum

“Upon my word,” exclaims La Cieca (pictured at right, in the background), “I could almost swear I see a few empty seats on the other side of theater for the Met’s opening night performance of L’elisir d’amore!”

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