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Je vois d’autres lumières.

The internal jukebox working in the way it does, I have for over 20 years been unable to hear any reference to Glyndebourne without Kit and the Widow popping into my head. They were a cabaret duo who were a permanent fixture at the Edinburgh Fringe and one of the mainstays of their repertoire was a song, set to a well-known operatic overture (I leave it to the cher public to work out which one) which contained the lines “We’re off to Glyndebourne/To see a rather boring opera by Rossini.”  Read more »

You gotta ring them bells

The New York Times has the scoop! At long last (and about fucking time) undisputed genius Stefan Herheim will make his Metropolitan Opera debut in “a future season,” staging Les Vêpres siciliennes. Read more »

Star and garters

 Dans les roles d'amoureux langoureux...

Dans les roles d’amoureux langoureux…

No amount of scholarly diligence has kept Les contes d’Hoffmann from being the messiest of all standard-repertory messes. The opera was unfinished at the time of Offenbach’s death in 1880, and in this case “unfinished” means not a deficit but a surplus of material, some added by other composers, some authentic but not unearthed and sorted out until the late 20th century. Read more »

The sprite in you

Today’s Rusalka video overview covers filmed performances of Dvorák’s opera since 2010.

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Chat: Pikovaya dama

Parterre fave Stefan Herheim returns to Dutch National Opera to direct Pikovaya dama, in which the director attempts to reflect on the composer’s life, notably his hidden love for men.

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The chopping block?

After five flops in a row, Mr. McVicar continues to win new assignments from the Met.

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Her tiny hand is frozen

The strange and deeply moving production of La bohème by Stefan Herheim for Den Norske Opera begins at 1:00 PM EDT this afternoon. You can watch it here on parterre, after the jump.

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Tales of Stefan

This video everything: transgender muses, planted hecklers, Offenbach, serendipitous allusions to Caitlyn Jenner, reassigned music and the origin of the world.

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