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    Sticky: I was going to say, I completely agree! I've read...

    I was going to say, I completely agree! I've read a couple of NYTimes articles from the 90s, and the language they use to describe Levine is so complimentary and so reverent. I can imagine that...
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    Sticky: It was because the woman he was talking to...

    It was because the woman he was talking to (trying to pick up?) said that she had really liked the baritone the best, hah. Thanks for the news on Finley, I hope he's doing well!

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    Sticky: Saw the second-to-last Thais on Tuesday, and I'm...

    Saw the second-to-last Thais on Tuesday, and I'm rather kicking myself that I left it so late; had I seen it earlier in the run, I'd definitely have seen it again! But unfortunately, the timing of...
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    I'm looking forward to hearing what you think of...

    I'm looking forward to hearing what you think of these singers (especially Vogt!), and the Boheme production is certainly most charming! Where are you sitting?
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    Thankfully, the initial assessment was overly...

    Thankfully, the initial assessment was overly pessimistic, and quite a lot of it was not smashed! My clothes took the brunt of it, which meant that the praline brioche and other goodies were mostly...
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    10702 Playing La Ricordanza as I unpack. A bit...

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    Playing La Ricordanza as I unpack. A bit concerned that all my glass/stoneware jars of jam and honey have smashed, whereupon I shall have a little weep and throw everything in the wash.
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    Sticky: Falstaff: Nov 16 Conductor: Fabio Luisi...

    Falstaff: Nov 16
    Conductor: Fabio Luisi
    Falstaff: Bryn Terfel
    Ford: Franco Vassallo
    Fenton: Francesco Demuro
    Alice: Aleksandra Kurzak
    Nannetta: Julie Fuchs

    I got a top-price ticket for this,...
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    I was going to say that this was fantastic, I...

    I was going to say that this was fantastic, I feel compelled to urge you to see this! But then I had a peek at the BSO's website, and they've got Albina Shagimuratova singing Semiramide and Michele...
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    Sticky: I am currently in Paris, having seen both...

    I am currently in Paris, having seen both Clemenza and Falstaff, and with House of the Dead yet to come. Went to the Oct 17 Marina Rebeka Norma, some notes:

    * Unreservedly the best of the 3...
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    A few years back, I bought tickets to the Met's...

    A few years back, I bought tickets to the Met's new production of The Merry Widow without realizing that they'd translated the libretto into English. It was rough - at one point "chanteuse" is rhymed...
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    Sticky: Never fear, I've got separate tickets for all 3...

    Never fear, I've got separate tickets for all 3 configurations of female leads (Marina Rebeka/DiDonato) in my usual Family Circle, rather than deep under the orchestra overhang. I've read a number of...
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    Sticky: Been super busy with classes, and haven't had...

    Been super busy with classes, and haven't had much time for opera lately :( But! Got myself rush tickets to the Met Norma premiere, and here are some Beaujolais-fueled thoughts before going to bed:
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    Sticky: Salzburg Aida...

    Salzburg Aida
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    Salzburg Aida: Audio streaming on BRKlassik...

    Salzburg Aida:
    Audio streaming on BRKlassik starting in 10 minutes!
    Video streaming on Arte starting in about an hour!
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    Medici has the Sellars Salzburg Clemenza...

    Medici has the Sellars Salzburg Clemenza, double Clemenzas! There are no subtitles, and Sellars has apparently rather substantially restructured things; I have no idea what's happening. Though to be...
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    I don't know if I could attempt a full list, but...

    I don't know if I could attempt a full list, but for me, the 2015 Met Tannhauser is notable. During the entirety of Act 3 (especially during "Wie Todesahnung"), I experienced such a surfeit of...
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    The BSO Oberon available on demand until Aug 7,...

    The BSO Oberon available on demand until Aug 7, and the BSO Tannhauser until Aug!

    https://www.staatsoper.de/index.html
  18. NO DON CARLO?! (In the style of that fellow who...

    NO DON CARLO?! (In the style of that fellow who heckled Camarena at the Puritani :tongue-new:)
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    All of these were in Munich, though I did also go...

    All of these were in Munich, though I did also go to Feldafing for a non-opera concert, so good, the highlight of which was the Saint-Saens violin Sonata no 1.

    I've got some notes and will try...
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    I am home! Listened to Cariven's Belle Helene...

    I am home! Listened to Cariven's Belle Helene twice on the flight (with all the shout-y dialogue bits removed) and once more when dealing with customs/retrieving checked luggage.

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    Also, a...
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    Managed to mix up the tenors, it's the Huon of...

    Managed to mix up the tenors, it's the Huon of Brenden Gunnell that I didn't entirely love. The Oberon of Julian Pregardien was pretty good? Need to watch it again.
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    I've used the Witopia paid service for years (Did...

    I've used the Witopia paid service for years (Did you know, the NBA international league pass costs wildly different amounts in different countries. The price differential between the UK and...
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    Also, the BSO is streaming Weber's Oberon on the...

    Also, the BSO is streaming Weber's Oberon on the 30th at 18:00 Munich time.

    I saw the premier of this, would highly recommend! The production has an interesting idea and is very charming in the...
  24. A belated thank you for the review! I had a...

    A belated thank you for the review! I had a similar experience in Zurich last year - when the curtain came up, it was on Ramon Vargas and a giant gold skull on a low plinth, and the music was the...
  25. Thanks for this! I listened to the radio...

    Thanks for this! I listened to the radio broadcast of the ROH Don Carlo and Hymel shouted the entire time except for (maybe) 30 seconds at the beginning of Act 3, glad to hear that Don Jose suits...
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