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Discomfort zone

I primarily returned to Sir Richard Eyre’s production of Carmen at the Met to hear Roberto Alagna. After his misfire earlier this season, in Samson et Dalila, I wanted to see how he fared in repertoire with which I’m a bit more familiar. And indeed, his over-the-hill Don José was worth a revisit to the ubiquitous opera Read more »

Double jeopardy

Headlining the Met’s current revival of both Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci, Roberto Alagna was operating on all cylinders Monday evening and—for better or worse—gave an old-fashioned star performance. What we got wasn’t so much Turiddu and Canio as a 54-year-old superstar whose bronzed, brawny tenor sounded in prime estate popping out (mostly) clarion high notes but not paying attention to much else.  Read more »

As if they never said goodbye

Handsome singing by Roberto Alagna and extremely heavy makeup on Barbara Frittoli highlight these excerpts from Adriana Lecouvreur in Monte Carlo.  Read more »

Oil, be seeing you

JuiveToday at noon from the Bayerische Staatsoper, a live telecast of the premiere of Halévy’s La Juive, with Aleksandra Kurzak in the title role and Roberto Alagna as Eléazar. The cher public are naturally invited to chat.  Read more »

Pinkerton’s secret

La Cieca would have taken him for a leg man, but Roberto Alagna has other ideas.

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Chat: Madama Butterfly

Welcome, cher public, to the real-time chat for this afternoon’s Met broadcast and HD of Madama Butterfly, starting at 1:00 PM.

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Wrecking ball

Sir Richard Eyre’s new Manon Lescaut at the Met Friday night demonstrated no particular aptitude for opera.

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Il core vi dono

With February 14th falling on a Sunday, there will be no Valentine’s Day Met performance this year.

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