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Evenings at the Opera

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    • Saul, Elektra, Venice
      Why are you still on this site? The updates are over here.Elektra at the MetLes fêtes vénitiennes at BAMSaul by the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston  ...
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    • Elektra at the Met
      Read my review over at my new site....
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      Please meet the new, improved Likely Impossibilities site over at this new URL! If you read this site on RSS, your feed will redirect you over there.Also, please take a moment to like the new site’s Facebook page.
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    • Startup promises to disrupt opera
      He's on a boatNew startup Suspension has received Series A funding for a plan to reinvigorate and revolutionize the world of classical music and opera.The tech world has not shown a great deal of interest in traditional arts, philanthropic or otherwi...
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    • The Met's 2016-17 season
      Today the Met announced their 2016-17 season.
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    • Manon Lescaut at the Met
      Puccini’s Manon Lescaut has to be one of the least sympathetic leading ladies in opera: insufficiently malevolent for a villain, too shallow and materialistic to be a heroine (her escape from her rich “patron” is foiled because she refuses to l...
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    • Pearls fished
      Georges Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers (Les pêcheurs de perles) premiered in Paris in 1863, a full decade before Carmen.
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    • Best of 2015
      Hoffmann in Bregenz.
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    • Lulu at the Met
      The Met’s new production of Lulu reminded me of something that might seem only a detail of the opera's overstuffed plot: Dr.
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    • Chopin Without Piano
      Barbara Wysocka and Michał Zadara’s Chopin Without Piano, which was performed at Philadelphia’s Fringe Arts last week, begins like an ordinary orchestral concert.  A conductor and a soloist bow in front of an orchestra; the soloist sits beh...
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    • Elektric!
      Christine Goerke, Andris Nelsons, Gun-Brit BarkminDoes a concert Elektra dance? Does she stash her axe under the podium? Elektra is performed in concert relatively frequently, and for good reason.
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    • Otello at the Met
      The Met has opened this season with a slightly belated acknowledgement that a lot of blackface is not a good look for a big mainstream American institution.
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    • The Met's new season by the numbers
      As I was putting together my Met preview post, I thought to myself, “so much Donizetti!” So I fired up Excel and made some charts.
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    • Met Opera, 2015-16
      "So glad I got this newsprint instead of the Olivier Py Lulu."Hello, Met-goers! The Met put its tickets on sale in June this year, several months before their recent custom, and I missed writing my usual preview because I have spent the intervening m...
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    • Written on Skin in NYC
      Unusual for a new opera, George Benjamin’s Written on Skin arrived in New York with its reputation preceding it.
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