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Cinderella story

There’s a certain subset of opera fans who dismiss Rossini comic operas with a haughty wave. I’m decidedly not one of them. I love Il barbiere di Siviglia (and to answer your unasked question, yes I do think of Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd in “The Rabbit of Seville” every time I hear the overture). I came to love L’Italiana ... Read More »

Metropolitan Opera Opening Night Gala

Another Met season, another Placido-thon on opening night. Act 2 of Fedora would seem to be a strange choice for a gala, except that who can complain when Mirella Freni is on the stage? The woman is a living legend, the true embodiment of diva, certainly the last of her generation. Her voice rang strong, true, and mostly clear as ... Read More »