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The Met Season in Retrospect

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Good afternoon followers. Please join me in this mourning period as we honor the death and remember the life of the Metropolitan Opera Season. The season, termed “2011-2012” passed away last night. From witnesses present, 2011-2012’s last words were “I am an old man now, and my mind can go back in peace to that far-away summer of seventeen hundred and ninety-seven, long ago now, years ago, centuries ago, when I Edward Fairfax Vere, commanded the Indomitable…” right before it passed away into storage. There are already rumored sightings of phantoms coming in the form of tech rehearsals for a certain new production of Rigoletto. The Met, once a grand old opera house, has been closed to the public for a few months, to prepare for it’s rising from the dead slated for September 24th, with a new production of Elisir.

The passing of the new season has been described as “bittersweet” by some, and “deeply saddening” by others, but how would 2011-2012 wouldn’t want us to feel sad, but it would want us to remember it for all of its ups and downs. Here is a list of all the posts I have written about the new season, ever since the new season began. Please enjoy, but remember the season, as we look back upon it.

Let’s start with opening night, of Anna Bolena, with Anna Netrebko:

Here is the Guleghina Nabucco review.

Next, is my reaction to Angela Meade stepping in for Netrebko.

This is my Barbiere review from October. This was a favorite broadcast of mine!

Don Giovanni review.

Rodelinda with Renee Fleming:

Review of La Boheme and per-performance post about Faust.

Review of Faust with a picture of Poplayskaya and Giada DeLaurentiis, and a rant about scenic direction.

Review of La Scala opening night, Madama Butterfly, and another rant.

La Fille du Regiment review.

Review of The Enchanted Island Dress Rehearsal.

Aida review with Violetta Urmana.

A little write up about the Dessay Traviata press image, that made some commenters a little angry…

I’m sorry for the lack of so many reviews. It was a really busy year and as it went on, I got a little bit lax about some of the reviews so I promise next year will be better.

Thank you and in lieu of flowers, 2011-2012 requests donations to its home, the Metropolitan Opera.

 

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