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  • moritz: You’re welcome, Porgy. I probably should have included the next sentence of the review as well:... 4:20 PM
  • Gualtier M: BTW: there is another whole generation of young Italian singers working all over Italy. This... 4:14 PM
  • antikitschychick: This took place on Sept. 28th so very recently :-). I second your concern about the burnout... 4:11 PM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: I’ve heard that they don’t clap after this aria at ROH. It was even... 4:10 PM
  • damekenneth: I always seem to confuse Riccardo Massi with Massimo Giordani, another goodish looking Italian... 4:10 PM
  • 98rsd: Sheer hypocrisy of attending a baseball game–because of Ebola? (The sound of a head shaking) 4:08 PM
  • operainsider: I use to believe the “Aida is the boring role” or “the opera should be called... 4:07 PM
  • 98rsd: That said, I just listened to the Celeste Aida and he sounds rather unsteady. Listen to the... 3:46 PM
  • 98rsd: The audience there doesn’t burst into applause at every opportunity. I’m not sure Kaufmann... 3:36 PM
  • Milady DeWinter: That was a wonderful (and funny) image – does the muddy ascent make that note... 3:28 PM

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Happy birthday to baritone Zachary Gordin, cover boy for this year’s Barihunk Wall Calendar.

13 comments

  • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

  • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

    Karaoke Lady for the Hunk

  • And happy birthday to Tenor Michael Wade Lee, who also is celebrating today while he tours the UK with Opera Leeds Otello.

    Love you bro!

  • papopera says:

    I have no interest in any barihunk calendars who do not show full front nudity with exposed scrotum and penis.

  • Nerva Nelli says:

    Changing the tone with this bounty from Gelbworld:

    “November 23, 2012

    Casting Update News

    Carl Tanner will sing the role of Radamès in this evening’s performance of Verdi’s Aida, replacing Marco Berti, who is ill.

    Tanner made his Met debut as Dick Johnson in Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West in 2010. He sang Calàf in Puccini’s Turandot with the Met in Central Park and at Staten Island’s Miller Field in 2003. In recent seasons, he has sung Radamès with Dresden State Opera, Hamburg State Opera, and Edmonton Opera.”
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    • la vociaccia says:

      I saw carl tanner as calaf and luigi at nyco in 2001 and 2002 respectively. I remember liking him ( he at least got some lusty applause in tabarro), and I’ll be at the Aida prima tonight, so I’ll report accordingly on his radames.

      • Bianca Castafiore says:

        vociaccia, he can’t be any worse than the alternative:

        This is just horrendous, q.v. the tepid applause at the end.

        • la vociaccia says:

          Oh Bianca don’t get me started. I felt it went without saying that I was thrilled the current squillo machine would not be bleating his sorry way through another great score. Although I was slightly curious to hear the actual sound of berti in the house, so much did our doyenne lavish praise on his calaf that I figured there was something there. Anyway, it won’t be there tonight, but borodina and monastyrska will, so cheers for that

    • papopera says:

      At 19:43 he didn’t sound too hot in Celeste. Na. Doesn’t augur well for the rest of the show.

  • The Vicar of John Wakefield says:

    Where was Dennis O’Neill?