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OneginAfter performances like today's Onegin at the Met (which I heard on 96.3FM) I almost feel I should retract my last post (almost). Renée Fleming, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ramón Vargas absolutely brought the house down, and the Met Orchestra, working under Gergiev, flew through the score. The opera's conclusion - a duet between Tatiana (Fleming) and Onegin (Hvorostovsky) - was delivered with such deliberate force, I could literally feel the hair rise on the back of my neck. The sold-out house screamed their approval when Fleming and Hvorostovsky made their curtain calls. Wow.

I'd be curious to hear if anyone might have caught the HD simulcast of today's performance, one of six this season. The UA Theater at Union Square is the only theater in NYC that offers it, and I'm planning to go there for Barber of Seville on 3/24. You can find out more about the simulcasts on the Met's website. (I realize it may seem odd to see a Met performance at an NYC movie theater, but I've heard really good things about it. Anyway, I bet it beats standing room.)