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La Cieca is indebted to those Wellsungs for this idea: what’s your birth opera? Or, in other words, which opera (and cast, if applicable) was the Met performing on the day you were born? (You get this information, of course, from the Met Archives Database.)

Unfortunately, La Cieca, being a Leo, was born outside the regular Met season. So, for the purposes of this meme, she’ll look to the the Salzburg Festival for her birth opera:

Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni: Cesare Siepi; Donna Anna: Elisabeth Grümmer; Don Ottavio: Anton Dermota; Donna Elvira: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf; Leoporello: Otto Edelmann; Il Commendatore: Dezsö Ernster; Masetto: Walter Berry; Zerlina: Erna Berger.  Wilhelm Furtwängler; Wiener Philharmoniker.)

 What’s your birth opera?

  • Sanford

    “158. On February 7, 2008 at 10:21 am, Sanford ejaculated:”

    That is too funny; is there a spycam in my house? And followiing in La Cieca’s footsteps, I transferred my personal blog to wordpress.

    http://sschimel.wordpress.com/

  • V

    Detroit, Michigan
    Masonic Temple
    June 1, 1984

    DIE ENTFÃœHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL {37}

    Constanze……………Gail Robinson
    Belmonte…………….David Rendall
    Blonde………………Judith Blegen
    Pedrillo…………….Philip Creech
    Osmin……………….Ara Berberian
    Selim……………….James Courtney

    Conductor……………James Levine

    I’m probably more of a Blonde then Constanze…

  • Baryton francais

    I was born between operas… Traviata and Don Giovanni. Two of my faves. Milnes was singing Germont, and Battle sang Zerlina. Good times!

    Interesting new layout La Cieca, BTW. It’s been a while since I’ve visited…

  • virginblogger

    Sanford -- Thanks! I will absolutely embrace the conception gala in lieu of the birth opera!

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  • paddypig

    here’Metropolitan Opera House
    February 9, 1959

    UN BALLO IN MASCHERA {72}
    Giuseppe Verdi--Antonio Somma

    Amelia………………Antonietta Stella
    Riccardo…………….Jan Peerce
    Renato………………Mario Sereni
    Ulrica………………Belén Amparan
    Oscar……………….Mattiwilda Dobbs
    Samuel………………Nicola Moscona
    Tom…………………Norman Scott
    Silvano……………..Calvin Marsh
    Judge……………….William Olvis
    Servant……………..Robert Nagy

    Conductor……………Thomas Schippers

    s my birthday opera

  • Well, I was born in September back in the days when the season didn’t start till November. But on the day I turned two months old, the Met opened with one hell of a birthday present:

    Peter Brook‘s house debut directing a nineteenth-century Faust designed by Rolf Gérard, with Jussi Björling, Victoria de los Angeles, Robert Merrill and Nicola Rossi-Lemeni debuting as Méphistophélès.

  • And for the approximate date of my conception, La Gioconda with Milanov, Del Monaco, Barbieri, Warren, Nicola Moscona and Jean Madeira as the host of this blog, conducted by Fausto Cleva.

  • Jan.21, 1936 Traviata at the Met with Edith Mason,Nino Martini, and John Charles Thomas…BUT knowing me, I should have been born during an Elektra….

  • Sugarmezzo, not only do I wish we could do accents (and your French accent was tres bon, mon cheri), I wish we could do italics, bold, and underscored.

  • EJ

    I’m an Oklahoma Boheme — pretty good, given that I was born in Brooklyn:

    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    May 13, 1953
    In English

    LA BOHÈME {485}

    Mimì………………..Nadine Conner
    Rodolfo……………..Eugene Conley
    Musetta……………..Regina Resnik
    Marcello…………….Robert Merrill
    Schaunard……………Clifford Harvuot
    Colline……………..Norman Scott
    Benoit………………Lawrence Davidson
    Alcindoro……………Lorenzo Alvary
    Parpignol……………Paul Franke
    Sergeant…………….Algerd Brazis

    Conductor……………Alberto Erede

  • Famous Quickly

    “I could sing Musetta *tomorrow*, it’s a question of color and tessitura…”

  • WindyCityOperaman

    Another August baby, so to Salzburg I go.

    Boy, do I have a bummer birth opera!

    Hans Pfitzner PALESTRINA
    New production, Premiere performance
    Rudolf Kempe, Conductor
    Günther Rennert, Stage director
    Wilhelm Reinking, Stage sets/costumes

    Gottlob Frick, Papst Pius IV.
    Ferdinand Frantz, Giovanni Morone
    Helmut Melchert, Bernardo Novagerio
    Otto von Rohr, Kardinal Christoph Madruscht
    Paul Schöffler, Carlo Borromeo
    Hans Herbert Fiedler, Kardinal von Lothringen
    Peter Klein, Abdisu
    Walter Berry, Anton Brus von Müglitz
    Alfred Poell, Graf Luna
    Rudolf Christ, Bischof von Budoja
    August Jaresch, Theophilus
    Waldemar Kmentt, Dandini von Grosseto
    Georges Müller, Bischof von Fiesoli
    Franz Bierbach, Bischof von Feltre
    Theo Baylé, Avosmediano
    Walter Raninger, Spanischer Bischof
    Karl Gmachl, Junger Doktor
    Otto Wiener, Bischof Ercole Severolus
    Max Lorenz, Giovanni Pierluigi Palestrina
    Elisabeth Söderström, Ighino
    Jean Madeira, Silla
    Hilde Rössel-Majdan, Erscheinung der Lukrezia

    Chor der Wiener Staatsoper
    Vienna Philharmonic

    They were doing Flying Dutchman at Bayreuth at about the same time. Have no idea about casts.

  • Regina Reznik as Musetta? Someone thought that was a good idea?

  • 9/25…Falstaff baby:

    Sir John Falstaff…….Giuseppe Taddei [Debut]
    Alice Ford…………..Adriana Maliponte
    Ford………………..Brent Ellis
    Dame Quickly…………Fiorenza Cossotto
    Nannetta…………….Mariella Devia
    Fenton………………Dalmacio Gonzalez
    Meg Page…………….Gail Dubinbaum
    Dr. Cajus……………Charles Anthony
    Bardolfo…………….Anthony Laciura
    Pistola……………..Ara Berberian
    Mistress of the Inn…..Constance Webber
    Innkeeper……………Merle Schmidt

    Conductor……………James Levine

    Production…………..Franco Zeffirelli
    Stage Director……….Bodo Igesz
    Designer…………….Franco Zeffirelli
    Lighting designer…….Gil Wechsler
    Choreographer………..William Burdick