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It’s the week of Maria Stuarda, cher public, sure to be near the foreground in our latest discussion of off-topic and general interest subjects.

317 comments

  • MontyNostry says:

    A piece of history with Leontyne (at about 7.00′). She sounds a little shorter of breath than usual, but we can excuse her, since she must have been a little choked up for all sorts of reasons. Shame they don’t play the whole song, though, since we are deprived of her legendary top notes. But she is wearing a real diva coat.

  • omghahahalol says:

    Coming on Monday: “Behind the Scenes at the (Royal) Opera:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2013/jan/03/royal-opera-live-behind-scenes-stream

  • Buster says:

    Sylvia McNair, Leonard Slatkin, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic kicked off the new year in great style last night. It was fabulous to hear McNair with that orchestra again, after twenty years (Great Mass in C minor, with Jeffrey Tate). She is a platinum blonde now,and looked absolutely ravishing in a stunning tomato red evening dress, red gloves, diamond bracelet. She and Slatkin did not set a foot wrong in the Gershwin program they did -- The Man I love, a magnificent ‘s Wonderful , Summertime, I got Rhytm, and Let’s call the whole thing off -- it all bubbled irresistibly. McNair was carried on hands by the Rotterdam strings, who matched the classiness of her voice. Her repertoire may have changed over the years, but she really is still the same amazing musician she has always been. Every word was intelligible, gorgeous phrasing, and the small edge the voice has developed over the years giving it only more character. Loud bravo’s from all, footstomping from the orchestra, who were delighted to have her back, a super evening!

  • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

    Oy gewalt!

  • WindyCityOperaman says:

    Born on this day in 1710 composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

    Born on this day in 1892 baritone Andre Bauge

    Happy 76th birthday soprano/mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry

    Happy 64th birthday soprano Margaret Marshall

    Happy 59th birthday tenor Peter Seiffert

  • Nerva Nelli says:

    Salvatore della Patria!?

    1) Has anyine heard him?

    2) Does he sing Cassandre?

    “January 4, 2012

    Casting Update News

    Salvatore Cordella will make his Met debut as Leicester in this evening’s performance of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, replacing Matthew Polenzani, who is ill.

    The Italian tenor’s performances in his native country have included Riccardo in Donizetti’s Maria di Rohan at the Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo; Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata in Jesi, Fermi, Brindisi, and Treviso; the First Tempter and First Knight in Pizzetti’s Assassinio nella Cattedrale at La Scala; and the Duke of Mantua in Verdi’s Rigoletto in Lecce.”

  • Nerva Nelli says:

    Salvatore della Patria!?

    1) Has anyone heard him?

    2) Does he sing Cassandre?

    “January 4, 2012

    Casting Update News

    Salvatore Cordella will make his Met debut as Leicester in this evening’s performance of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, replacing Matthew Polenzani, who is ill.

    The Italian tenor’s performances in his native country have included Riccardo in Donizetti’s Maria di Rohan at the Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo; Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata in Jesi, Fermi, Brindisi, and Treviso; the First Tempter and First Knight in Pizzetti’s Assassinio nella Cattedrale at La Scala; and the Duke of Mantua in Verdi’s Rigoletto in Lecce.”

  • louannd says:

    A thousand pardons parterrians -

    Hey Opera Cat -- if you are out there, please e-mail me at ladarras@me.com -- I am coming to DC to see Norma -- Thank you!

  • WindyCityOperaman says:

    Born on this day in 1863 opera and theatre producer and inventor of “the method” Konstantin Sergeyevich Stanislavsky

    Born on this day in 1892 tenor Gaston Micheletti

    Happy 65th birthday tenor Robert Schunk

    Happy 59th birthday soprano Katalin Farkas

    • MontyNostry says:

      Maybe Farkas should have taken a leaf out of Zinka Kunc’s book.

    • grimoaldo says:

      Little-known fact:
      Konstantin Stanislavski launched his career by directing the Russian premiere of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado”, and playing the tenor lead Nanki-Poo, in 1887, only two years after the first performance in London:

      http://www.docstoc.com/docs/139526835/Stan-timeline-2ijmn49

      1887
      “A performance of the Russian premiere of The Mikado at his family’s Moscow home is directed by Stanislavski. The event gains a professional review. Given permission by his father to continue a career as an actor, Stanislavski forms the Moscow Musical-Dramatic Amateur Circle.”