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La Cieca has put her little grey cells to work and deduced that Opera Orchestra of New York will present two performances next season: Andrea Chenier on January 6, 2013 at Carnegie Hall, with Roberto Alagna in the title role; followed by I Lombardi on April 8 starring Angela Meade and Michael Fabiano (pictured). Both performances will be conducted by Alberto Veronesi.

  • belcantomaniac

    So now that Eve’s no longer the head honcho does that mean there aren’t any more belcanto rarities?

  • Nerva Nelli

    Maybe he should go by “Mike von Otter”…

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    Is that photo hailing a cab in front of the Lyric Opera of Chicago?

  • zinka

    WHO is the Maddalena…?????????That will tell me if I want to go….

    • MontyNostry

      Surely La vecchia Madelon is the touchstone role for Parterrians.

      • Buster

        Sheila Nadler could probably still do it. I’d pay to hear her.

        • Nerva Nelli

          “Sheila Nadler”

          http://tinyurl.com/yznppet

        • la vociaccia

          Sheila Nadler? I didn’t realize she was still around. I’ve listened to all of her Callas masterclasses- gorgeous, powerful voice.

          • Buster

            Saw Nadler in Jenufa a while back -- gorgeous voice, still, and a very impressive figure on stage.

      • Famous Quickly

        I could sing that (or Bersi) *tomorrow*; it’s a question of color and tessitura.

  • hot DIVO Fabiano….!

  • DonCarloFanatic

    Has anybody seen Fabiano lately? Has his acting improved?

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    Similar sleuthing seems to indicate Domingo’s first Renato in new production of Un ballo in maschera at La Scala by the director who just brutalized La boheme in Salzburg:
    http://imgartists.com/artist/damiano_michieletto

    • Cocky Kurwenal

      Domingo could conceivably be conducting that Ballo… but you’re probably right, perhaps he’s lost all sense of shame and is just going to sing whatever baritone roles take his fancy.

      • armerjacquino

        Domingo AND Radvanovsky, CK- booked your ticket yet?

        • Cocky Kurwenal

          Throw in Camilla Tilling as Oscar and I’ll have to book for the whole run.

          • MontyNostry

            Cocky, my only experience of Tilling was a CD of Strauss songs, which seemed a non-event (unexceptional lyric soprano in the characteristic early 21st century vein) rather than anything tooth-grating. Whence your particular aversion?

          • MontyNostry

            Maybe Annette Dasch could alternate with Sondra, in which case it’ll be one for Armer.

          • Cocky Kurwenal

            Monty, I think your reaction is the more appropriate to her particular set of attributes which I agree are much as you describe. But for some reason, I simply cannot stand her, not for a moment. I’ve seen her in Ballo, Orlando, the Mozart c minor mass and also having a brave stab at Ah Perfido!, and apart from in the Beethoven where she really was out of her depth, there was nothing about her performances one could really criticise. Nevertheless, I just can’t bear her.

          • MontyNostry

            What are your views on Eri Nakamura?

          • armerjacquino

            Monty, I’m hijacking your question to cocky- but my view of Eri Nakamura is that she has an unremarkable voice and overacts. Her ‘girlish laughter’ in the PASQUALE aria she sang at Cardiff would have been better suited to the end of ELEKTRA.

          • Cocky Kurwenal

            I quite like Eri Nakamura. I know she isn’t popular around these parts, but I enjoyed her as Frasquita and Sophie, and on TV in her Cardiff heat. I must have seen her in countless other things at the ROH too but she hasn’t stood out. Not a soprano I can ever see myself raving about, but perfectly decent.

          • MontyNostry

            I think my reaction to Eri is a bit like yours to Fröken Tilling. I’m with Armer in his views on her singing and acting, but I also have a desire to slap her. Her Sophie in the ROH Werther with Mr Bean and Sophie Koch came over as a simpering little minx.

      • Quanto Painy Fakor

        Nabucco will be before Renato.

        • Cocky Kurwenal

          Yes I know, but in London fortunately he’s double cast with Nucci who together with Monastyrska could actually come up with something quite thrilling.

          • armerjacquino

            Wait, really? That I have to see.

            It strikes me that, as usual, I know the entire Met season in every detail but have no idea what’s going on at CG!

          • Cocky Kurwenal

            Nucci and Monastyrska are also doing it at La Scala just before, with Antonenko as Ismaele and the awesome Vitalij Kowaljow as Zaccaria, who was amazing as Ramphis the last time ROH did Aida. Now THERE’s a cast one really coudln’t grumble about!

          • Cocky Kurwenal

            Just noticed Kowaljow is Zaccaria in London too, which is cheering -- we’re only missing Antonenko who, in truth, does seem a bit unnecessary for Ismaele.

      • Once he committed to singing Dutchman (is that happening in Verona this summer?), all bets were off.

        • Quanto Painy Fakor

          No Dutchman.

          • Well, thank goodness for that!

          • Cocky Kurwenal

            I wonderd why we hadn’t heard anything. At what point did he cancel, and how did he position it? He should be taken to task over it- he ought to have the experience aged whatever he currently admits to to judge whether a role is appropriate or not, long before it gets announced and sold to the public.

    • RosinaLeckermaul

      And Domingo is singing the title role in Nabucco in London next Spring. I’m waiting for his Wotan.

    • MontyNostry

      Ulrica, maybe? But can he manage the bottom G?

  • arepo

    There is no booking indication anywhere on Sunday January 6 for Roberto Alagna.
    What gives?

    • armerjacquino

      La Cieca’s link to Alagna’s official Facebook page shows a listing for Carnegie Hall for Jan 6.

      • arepo

        Looks like Alagna is NOT singing at Carnegie Hall, according to an article. He is supposedly performing the Chenier at Avery Fisher Hall under the baton of Queler.
        So where and when can one purchase tickets?

  • Hippolyte

    Actually if one reads the provided link to Shuman Associates, it states that both OONY performaances are at Avery Fisher and that the Lombardi is being conducted by Queler.

  • DeCaffarrelli

    Speaking of early Verdi, the Lady Macbeth ID-quiz posted last week still has 36+ hours to run, ending at midnight tomorrow.

    http://parterre.com/2012/08/01/in-the-day-of-success/

    The Weird Sisters who helped me concoct it hasten to point out that no one has yet correctly identified all 18 Ladies. In fact, a few haven’t yet been mentioned at all, while others have been incorrectly placed--by some, and a couple mentioned but not placed in order at all.

    Be the first on your block to be hailed “Thane of Cawdor” (and win an Amazon gift card too)!

  • tiger1dk

    Maybe Domingo should offer to sing Gerard -- he sings the aria often enough these days (and got favourable mention for it in Lodnon recently) and it would probably sell well with Alagna and him in the same show. It would be a way to make up for the farce/fiasco of this year Simon Boccanegra.

    Cocky Kurwenal, why should Domingo be “taken to task” for NOT singing the Holländer (talking about a misguided idea)? It is not like he ever confirmed it or that the tickets were sold under the pretext that he would sing the part.

    • Cocky Kurwenal

      I thought it was originally slated for 2012, but I see that I remembered wrong- it was to be in 2013, in which case you are quite right- no sales will have yet been made on the strength of his involvement.

      • tiger1dk

        And I actually do not think Domingo’s involvement was ever to be found on any official Verona websites or his own website -- you would have to look pretty obscure places (like Parterre…) to find it.

    • MontyNostry

      Somehow, I can’t see Domingo wanting to play Gérard. He’s the most interesting character in the opera, but maybe too much of an almost-villain (and, ultimately, a loser) for Mr Good Guy Placido -- and without the tragic stature and title-role status of Rigoletto.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    In case Eve needs a backup, the Family Pondman is always ready to step in

    and Walter is already studying Chenier

    and the family is heavily invested in projections

    and Walther has learned Lohengrin in the original version with Saxophone

    • Quanto Painy Fakor

      Not since Corelli has anyone mastered the Pondman technique for Manrico, which is superior to many singing in the big houses.

    • Clita del Toro

      Walter sounds as if he about to throw up when he sings, and I am about to barf as well. LOL