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Once we thought he’d never grow tall as this fence

Our Own Joel Rozen is no longer Our Own, except of course in the most important sense that we will always adore him. The erstwhile parterre box scribe is now writing for the enemy The Metropolitan Opera.  Read more »

Jump for my love

Last night at the Met the main event—as planned, anyway—was the debut of the celebrated bass-baritone Wolfgang Koch as Scarpia. But another newcomer, this one jumping on on just a few hours’ notice, to my mind nabbed the show to herself.  Read more »

Everybody dance now

It is not often the most memorable part of a production is the act-three ballet. Yet, in Darko Tresnjak’s production of Samson et Dalila (which opened at the Met last fall), Austin McCormack’s lascivious choreography outshone a tepid and tedious staging of Saint-Saëns’s old-testament epic.  Read more »

Broadcast: Falstaff

A sunny opera for an overcast afternoon: the Met’s broadcast of Falstaff begins at 1:00 PM.

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It takes a woman

Suddenly in the middle of March 2019 the Metropolitan Opera realized that perhaps a few of the company’s multitudes of stagehands and technicians might be of the feminine persuasion.

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Domino theory

The Metropolitan Opera delivers on the promise of Wagner’s Gesamtkunswerk in a revival of Robert Lepage’s Ring.

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Broadcast: Das Rheingold

The gods are at it again.

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Broadcast: Aida

Let’s all sing “O terra addio” to the those crumbly styrofoam pharaoh toes.

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