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    Sticky: I can relate! Santa Fe Opera finally announced...

    I can relate! Santa Fe Opera finally announced their next summer festival, and I'm going to buy season tickets. Even with the uncertainty. (New Mexico currently has a mandatory 2-week quarantine on...
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    12144 Offenbach – La Belle Helene – Paris...

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    Offenbach – La Belle Helene – Paris Chatelet (2000) – DVD
    A suitably silly production of one of Offenbach’s mythology-based satires, if not Laurent Pelly’s most memorable. It always makes...
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    Ooooh. Sold. This does sound like something I'd...

    Ooooh. Sold. This does sound like something I'd like.
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    Bellini – I Puritani – Oper Stuttgart – Streamed...

    Bellini – I Puritani – Oper Stuttgart – Streamed on Operavision
    The singing is really terrific; I came for Rene Barbera – who has dazzling high notes, only the high F at the end showed signs of...
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    Texas has taken a laissez-faire approach to...

    Texas has taken a laissez-faire approach to containing the pandemic, and so from what I can tell University music departments have moved to virtual recitals for instrumentalists, and no performances...
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    Zandonai – Francesca da Rimini – Metropolitan...

    Zandonai – Francesca da Rimini – Metropolitan Opera – Streamed on Met On Demand
    Judging solely by this, Zandonai doesn’t seem to be a composer of memorable melodies. But there’s still a lot to like...
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    I think I'm going to stop doing the monthly...

    I think I'm going to stop doing the monthly thing; I tend to watch things late in their viewing cycle, and I hate talking about them after they've gone. (I just don't want to take over this whole...
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    What I’ve been watching in August, ranked: #1...

    What I’ve been watching in August, ranked:

    #1 - Purcell – The Fairy Queen – Glyndebourne – Streamed on Glyndebourne’s Open House
    A problematically lengthy show, as all of the musical numbers are...
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    The Austin and Dallas Operas pivoted quickly into...

    The Austin and Dallas Operas pivoted quickly into producing digital content, but Houston Grand Opera was quietly working on plans of its own. They're producing 3 one-act video productions, all in...
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    Many American opera companies have pivoted to...

    Many American opera companies have pivoted to producing online recitals. I confess, I have not watched any of them as I don't have as much taste or desire for it. But Austin Opera's series has had...
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    What I’ve been watching in July, ranked. It was...

    What I’ve been watching in July, ranked. It was unintentional that 4 of the operas were in English; driven by streaming expiration dates:

    #1 - Britten – The Turn of the Screw – Opera North,...
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    Poll: La Traviata is one of the most perfect operas,...

    La Traviata is one of the most perfect operas, and the first one I fell in love with. Rigoletto is very near its equal in drama and memorable music.

    So hard to pick one between his last 4 operas,...
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    We talked about ways of giving back to furloughed...

    We talked about ways of giving back to furloughed musicians months ago, and in case you hadn't seen it and are interested - The Met Orchestra musicians have a relief fund set up.
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    San Francisco is streaming a production every...

    San Francisco is streaming a production every weekend, and most of these recordings are available on DVD or Blu-ray. But for July 4th weekend, they are streaming an unreleased recording of Carlisle...
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    What I’ve been watching in June, ranked: #1 -...

    What I’ve been watching in June, ranked:

    #1 - Glass – Satyagraha – The Met (2011), Streamed on The Met’s nightly streaming program
    I honestly can’t decide which Glass opera I enjoyed more between...
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    Yay! I was really hoping for that one. Even if it...

    Yay! I was really hoping for that one. Even if it proves to be less than a masterpiece, I think it's criminally neglected by a classical music world that still willfully underperforms works by women...
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    As part of The Met's ongoing daily free streams...

    As part of The Met's ongoing daily free streams, there is a chance to see Philip Glass' Satyagraha, which is not available on video or on demand due to contractual restrictions. It's very timely to...
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    Sticky: Dallas Opera has cancelled all Fall performances,...

    Dallas Opera has cancelled all Fall performances, telescoping what will remain of their season into a March-April period in 2021. They have cancelled their most expensive production (Lohengrin),...
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    A Survey of Russian Opera: I needed a vacation,...

    A Survey of Russian Opera:
    I needed a vacation, but it wouldn’t be a good idea to travel right now... so this is what I did instead. It would have been impossible to “rank” these performances like I...
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    Uhhhhhhh, I'm right *here*.... :laugh4:

    Uhhhhhhh, I'm right *here*.... :laugh4:
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    What I’ve been watching in May, ranked: #1 -...

    What I’ve been watching in May, ranked:

    #1 - Wagner – Tristan und Isolde – La Monnaie, Streaming on Operavision
    In the spirit of gesamtkunstwerk, this production has a strong design element by a...
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    Yeah, this new report...

    Yeah, this new report about a choir practice turned "superspreader event" would seem to suggest that singing while infected can really spread this virus around... :(
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    Sticky: No opera reference guide been more valuable to me...

    No opera reference guide been more valuable to me – either for casual reading, or for pre-viewing research – than Kobbe’s Opera Book. Many opera books tend to merely give you a synopsis of the story...
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    I am impressed with how decisively the ENO...

    I am impressed with how decisively the ENO decided to start next season with drive-in operas. And the idea is intriguing; not for normal consumption, but for cooped-up families it's something new and...
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    What I’ve been watching in April ranked, although...

    What I’ve been watching in April ranked, although to be fair #1-#4 were all really strong and I could have put them in almost any order:

    #1 - Mozart – Lucio Silla – La Monnaie, Streaming on...
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