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Born to lose

So, another way Anthony Tommasini might have put this is, “Robert Lepage‘s direction of a crucial scene in the Ring is even worse than Otto Schenk‘s, if such a thing is possible.”

Broadcast: Xerxes

Stefan Herheim‘s intensely enjoyable “barocke Muppet-Show” take on Handel’s opera starts streaming at 1:00 PM today on OperaVision. Read more »

Gas mark four

How is it possible that no one has ever done a production of Hänsel und Gretel (or, as I suppose it would be called, Johnny and Peggy) with the Witch played as Fanny CradockRead more »

E qui la luna l’abbiamo vicina

“Puccini’s operas seldom take well to abstraction, since the composer engraved every detail of what should happen into the score so specifically that there was little wiggle room left.”

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Phone rings, door chimes, in comes Sängerkrieg!

“Heinrich, come on over for dinner! / We’ll be so glad to see you!”

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Someday I’ll step on their freckles

Congratulations to dramatic coloratura soprano Klára Kolonits.

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Stage beauty

>What does a great opera production do, and what does a bad production fail to do?

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Heaven must be missing 14 angels

The Hänsel und Gretel discussions over the holidays plunged me down a YouTube rabbit hole.

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