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  • Henry Holland: Thanks for the heads up, I’ll give it a listen this weekend. 1:57 AM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: OK – this cements it: I am officially changing the cast and date on my Mixcloud page and removing... 1:44 AM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Listen to her Leonore from Wiener Staatsoper in June at my Mixcloud page and judge for yourself.... 1:39 AM
  • Cicciabella: Soffel is not the youngest of singers. Making allowances for that, I liked what she did with the text. No-one was anywhere... 1:11 AM
  • dr.malatempra: Indeed, the finest Verdi baritone singing I have heard since the prime of Cornell Macneil or the young,(Goldovsky Opera... 12:52 AM
  • Rosemont: Thank you for the reports and reviews from Santa Fe! I will be there for the first time first week of August…und freue... 12:25 AM
  • Lohenfal: Sure, but as I said, they (or others) may not be available. These singers are signed up way in advance. One never knows what... 12:11 AM
  • Sanford: She is terrific but the men are pretty awful, especially the tenor. The other voice I liked was Margareta Elkins. 11:34 PM

The mystery of the disappearing dress

Three Juliettes, three different seasons of the Met’s Roméo et Juliette: Natalie Dessay in 2005, Anna Netrebko in 2007, Hei-Kyung Hong in 2011. At this rate, La Cieca predicts that the role will be performed in the nude sometime around 2025. (Photos: Dessay and Hong by Marty Sohl, Netrebko by Ken Howard.)

82 comments

  • sensibility says:

    Totally off topic but beautiful in my opinion.
    Bogdan Mihai-tenore

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1RwfUF5js4&feature=player_embedded

  • WindyCityOperaman says:

    Also, totally off topic.

    Happy 72nd Birthday Sir Robert Tear

  • Bosah says:

    OT: one review of Joyce DiDonato’s Carnegie Recital.

    http://articles.philly.com/2011-03-02/news/28644890_1_joyce-didonato-la-donna-del-lago-elisabeth-soderstrom

    But, did the NYT review? Or any other papers?

    Can’t find anything else.

    • antikitschychick says:

      Bosah:

      I don’t think that review is from her Carnegie Hall recital. I believe it is a review for a previous recital she did in Philadelphia.
      But you are right about there not being any reviews from the NYT or any others. Strange.

  • Ruxton says:

    Wow MM2 -- fantastic response to MrsJC’s hugely entertaining post. I am in awe of the both of you and I still love La Hildie.

    • marshiemarkII says:

      Mille grazie says MarshieMII in a humble bow, to Joan D’Arc herself, in “horned” Valkyrie helmet!

  • marshiemarkII says:

    Bill, one last poignant little anecdote, in October 2004, I flew to Toulouse to see what would be the last stage appearance of Behrens, a devastating portrayal of the Kostelnicka, that I still remember vividly for its shattering power. The Grandma Buryja was Helga Dernesch!

  • Lucky Pierre says:

    speaking of dessay: was anyone at the lucia tonight at the met? OMG, she was a MAD, MAD, MAD woman… it was amazing. in act I, i wasn’t sure she was going to make it through the evening, she was struggling with so many issues, intonation, pitch, volume… lots of dryness, and some really strained high notes. but no matter her diminished vocal resources, she came alive in act II and III — she’s an amazing actress and stage animal, incredibly intense and mesmerizing. she brought the house down with the mad scene, but even before that, she had won the audience at the end of act II, with her silent acting, after all that photographer business. a stunning evening at the theatre, even though i know you all hate zimmermann. at curtain calls, she was not a big diva, hogging all the aplause, but a genial colleague, and she was so happy at the audience’s roar, she was ululating back at them. BRAVA, NATALIE!!!!

    (i did watch the b’cast on tv with netrebko, and i don’t recall trebs moving me so much. btw, did netrebko debut this production? i recall all the posters featured dessay, but the HD went to trebs. i can’t recall the chronology of this production.)

    calleja sang as usual, gorgeously, seemingly effortlessly, what a beautiful instrument, with that distinctive fast vibrato, somewhat reminds me of pavarotti, but a darker, more interesting tone.

    i thought tezier was a bit too stoic for the part of enrico, and often, i just thought he seemed like a drunkard… strange.

    all in all, tremendous night of drama tonight — but whatever happened to the glass harmonica? it was substituted by a flute?