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Digging in the dirt

Even those of us who consider Guillaume Tell Rossini’s greatest opera understand why it has not been his most frequently staged. Of late this valedictory epic of oppression and patriotic uprising, challenging to cast and expensive to mount, has experienced a renaissance. Opus Arte’s new DVD/Blu-ray records one of several new productions of the present decade.  Read more »

Silver bell

Born on this day in 1920 soprano Rita Streich with music for the holidays.  Read more »

As if they never said goodbye

Handsome singing by Roberto Alagna and extremely heavy makeup on Barbara Frittoli highlight these excerpts from Adriana Lecouvreur in Monte Carlo.  Read more »

Iron man

On this day in 1398 the Turkic conqueror Tamerlane captured and sacked Delhi.

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Broadcast: Norma

This afternoon’s Met broadcast (starting at 1:00 PM) is Bellini’s Norma.

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If it ain't brocade, don't fix it.

Angel of the mourning

The most distinct pleasure of The Merry Widow at the Metropolitan Opera was the polished, yet warm, performance of Susan Graham as Hanna Glawari.

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“It is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit”

Born on this day in 1899 composer, playwright and actor Noel Coward.

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All in the family

Here’s a project apparently nobody has thought of and it’s a sure winner: Semiramide with Cecilia Bartoli and Franco Fagioli.

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Woman of the century

Happy 100th birthday soprano Hilde Zadek!

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Afterlife

The Bayerische Staatsoper, purveyor of fascinating video opera, continues to innovate.

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