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Comment #335525 on With the Met New Season, Hope Springs Eternal

Sun, 04 Mar 2012 02:08:55 -0500

Anna Smirnova was a sensational Eboli in the Met's 2010 "Don Carlo" performances. Why shouldn't the Met invite her back? Borodina or Zajick can't be everywhere. I'm so much looking forward to Radvanovsky, Smirnova, Hvorostovsky, and Furlanetto; now there is a cast to do justice for Verdi's bicentennial! The Met should also sign Julianna DiGiacomo for future Verdi repertory; she was outstanding in "Stiffelio" two seasons back.



Comment #335177 on With the Met New Season, Hope Springs Eternal

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 01:47:32 -0500

Hi CoolObserver.... Read my post more closely. I do indeed say that Turandot is being presented: "Instead, we will have the amazing Zeffirelli staging of Turandot--I am looking forward to Iréne Theorin in the title role; two fine young sopranos, Hibla Gerzmava and Takesha Meshé Kizart, sharing Liú; and the venerable James Morris and Samuel Ramey sharing the role of Timur." It is grand opera, as is Aïda. So are Don Carlo, Otello and others. Don't give up hope. And I love intermissions...they are when I see friends, talk about the opera and have a coffee. When I go to the opera, I use every moment to the fullest.



Comment #335176 on With the Met New Season, Hope Springs Eternal

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 01:39:13 -0500

How very wrong! The very popular Puccini's Turandot, and the ONLY grand opera production left at the Met (maybe Aida would qualify) IS being done. I hope Fred P is not the reviewer who prefers no intermissions because he can get home earlier. That I think is someone else.



Comment #335146 on With the Met New Season, Hope Springs Eternal

Thu, 01 Mar 2012 20:07:06 -0500

Having performed in the Met's pit for 21 of the "Levine years" I totally agree with your statement about his absence this coming season. It is almost impossible for me to imagine a season without his presence in the pit. On a more positive note, some of the casting you mentioned sounds delicious, especially with Hampson as Iago and Hvorostovsky in 'Carlo.' I, too, am enamored of 'Carmelites' and incidentally, do you remember the night we had to contend with someone tossing a tear gas bomb in the midst of one of those performances? Truly a 'volatile' piece, and wonderful in every way (especially once the fumes cleared). Thanks as always for your terrific article, Fred.



Comment #334752 on With the Met New Season, Hope Springs Eternal

Thu, 01 Mar 2012 02:12:53 -0500

To Kim: Thanks for the invitation. If I were free I would surely join you. It should not surprise you that I will be at an opera: The Met is giving a rare staging of Mussorgsky's magnificent "Khovanschina," one of this season's highlights.



Comment #334699 on With the Met New Season, Hope Springs Eternal

Wed, 29 Feb 2012 14:35:54 -0500

I'm very excited for next year's season, although (just like everyone else) I have some comments on the choices of operas, singers, and directors. If you'd like to come and discuss your opinions with other opera lovers, or if you'd just like to get a more thorough look at next season, I'll be hosting a chat session tomorrow, Thursday, March 1 from 8-10pm EST at www.livestream.com/operarox. The more the merrier, so stop by and give us your opinions!



Comment #334384 on With the Met New Season, Hope Springs Eternal

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 13:11:12 -0500

Good article except: Handel gained a place next to Verdi and Wagner as a composer no opera company should do without? Hardly. Handel will never touch them in popularity or dramatic range. Considering the fact that since 2007 another composer has received 3 opening nights at the MET, Lucia, Bolena and next year's L'Elisir, it's perhaps Donizetti who has gained a place next to those two. After Roberto Devereux is produced, he will have ten of his works produced at the MET, which is more than Mozart. And it remains to be seen if Maria Stuarda is a great role for Joyce Didonato. It was written for a soprano, not a mezzo. The version sung by Maria Malibran at La Scala in 1835 wasn't the composer's original concept.



Comment #334148 on With the Met New Season, Hope Springs Eternal

Mon, 27 Feb 2012 18:32:48 -0500

Wonderful review of the upcoming season schedule and casting



Comment #334118 on With the Met New Season, Hope Springs Eternal

Mon, 27 Feb 2012 14:50:52 -0500

You've outdone yourself with this post, Fred. If only the NY Times could produce opera journalism of this caliber. I'm bookmarking this article as a reference when single season tickets go on sale.