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OperaNow! #254: Metropolitan Opera Zone

As we we ease back into things, we shoot the shit and disucuss a few stories.

The Norma Effect...New York City Opera announces first full season...NY Times talking heads try to get more people to the opera (and Michael solves the problem)

Oliver's Corner goes on hiatus to week, a look at the TV show Jackass.

Guess Who Died (again)?

This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.

Reader Comments (5)

First I discover 'Opera Box Score' in MusicBee's podcast directory, and now I find your program when listening to older episodes of OBS. Such fun.

May 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Roberts

So glad youguys are back. I've successfully binged the last 30 episodes after discovering youguys a few months back when starting my own podcast (shameless, shameless plug- I know). Youguys are great! Looking forward to the next Oliver's corner on Rakes, Jenufa, and hopefully Tosca- always love me some Puccini.

May 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterZack Singerman

I just listened to the latest episode of "Opera Box Score". They are so organized and succinct on that show and Oliver's segment is prerecorded! Years ago I suggest that OperaNow! should prerecord Oliver's Corner. ;) It was interesting how the other hosts at least tried to think about Oliver's opera clips. They turned it into a fun game.

But I still like OperaNow! This is the only opera podcast that will go into what's happening on Game of Thrones so it actually combines 2 things that I like.

Anyway, when it was originally announced that the Met was staging a new production of Norma with Netrebko I thought it very strange since they already did Norma with Radvanovsky and Meade three seasons ago. I think it's ironic that 3 years ago Radvanovsky was not good enough for a new production of Norma, but now she is the next in line to take over now that Netrebko has seemingly ditched Bellini for Wagner (She's currently singing Elsa in Lohengrin).

With respect to the NYT article, the Met should make some changes if there are opera lover's out there who don't go to the Met because the Met is doing something wrong.

I think "Sunday Performances" suggestion is the best.

I live in Los Angeles and at LA Opera there are opera performances on Sunday and 99% of the time I go on Saturday or Sunday. I have never attended an opera during the week except for a few special one night only recital or concert performances.

I don't know how the Met gets people into the house during the work week because I couldn't find the time to go. However, I don't like the "Watch the Clock" suggestion. I think that anyone who attends a performance, no matter what day of the week, has committed to a total experience and should see the opera without extra cuts. I know there are some cuts that are standard, but anything beyond that standard cuts sometimes bothers me.

June 1, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterzach

I hear that The Nerdist is also a good podcast.

June 2, 2016 | Registered CommenterMichael Rice

I saw ROH Norma at the cinema last Saturday so your comment on Sonja Janceva is really interesting. I have to say I thought she was incredible. It was a pity the Adalgisa was no match for her.

November 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTroy F

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