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  • decotodd: Yes the audiences at LA Opera are generally younger and more diverse than the HD crowd at my theater, too (Beverly Hills/Century... 7:29 PM
  • fletcher: I go to almost every Met HD broadcast in downtown Los Angeles. I’m always the only one there under 30, usually under 40,... 7:13 PM
  • armerjacquino: The audiences at the Met HDs I’ve been to in London have been largely in their 30s and 40s. 6:46 PM
  • javier: this is great news. 6:21 PM
  • EarlyRomantic: In a separate thread yesterday, I wrote about the Trovatore HD transmission (which I enjoyed and which, by the way, was my... 5:51 PM
  • armerjacquino: That’s a shame about Serjan. I have a live recording of her in the role under Muti and she’s terrific. 5:33 PM
  • parpignol: stumbled into Vienna Macbeth prima this evening, and really appreciated again how great the Trovatore at the Met was last week;... 5:24 PM
  • antikitschychick: Thank you messa di voce :-). Still have to write about Anna Bolena and Turandot. Hope to get it done by tonight.... 4:15 PM


UPDATE: It’s official. The Met press office just announced, “American soprano Latonia Moore will make her Met debut as the title character in Verdi’s Aida in the March 3 matinee performance, replacing Violeta Urmana, who is ill.”

EARLIER: La Cieca hears that soprano Latonia Moore will make her Metropolitan Opera debut this Saturday afternoon. What might she sound like?

Here’s a sneak preview of Ms. Moore’s Aïda.


  • Clita del Toro says:

    BTW, I am listening again to yesterday’s Aida, broadcast form Alaska (YUCH!). I will never like that place again after learning too much about S.P.

  • grimoaldo says:

    “That even major artists have vocal imperfections was demonstrated by Marcello Giordani’s performance as Radamès. His big top notes rang out excitingly. But his lower range was sometimes weak and leathery. And he resorted to falsetto singing, it seemed, in high pianissimo phrases.”

    “major artists”, ha, he is not an artist at all, major or minor, judging from the one time (quite enough) I saw him live and the broadcasts I have heard from him, more of a sort of circus trick performer who would give much better value if they just hired him to come out onstage, sing a couple of b-flats and then go home rather than degrading one operatic masterpiece after the other. This is the only good thing even his supporters say about him, he has loud high notes. It is a barbaric attitude, the antithesis of “opera as drama” or anything but the coarsest cheap thrills, artistically valueless.

    • Clita del Toro says:

      I love the way people forgive shitty singing and strangulated, dry tones or toneless singing for a few ringing Bb’s.

  • Clita del Toro says:

    TT’s review of Latonia.

    Yes, Blythe’s Amneris is a “force of nature” without a single flaw!

    • kashania says:

      TT didn’t say that Blythe was flawless. And I think his description of her as a “force of nature” is quite accurate, whether one agrees with her blunt approach or not.