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  • marshiemarkII says:

    For those so inclined, at the Morgan Library on Sunday at 4:30, the glorious Emalie Savoy accompanied by the sublime Ken Noda on the piano, and also including Anthony Dean Giffrey:
    http://www.themorgan.org/public/program.asp?id=528

    Not to be missed!

  • zinka says:

    Rest in peace and i hope you can now get along better with Franco….

  • Signor Bruschino says:

    Forgive if this has been discussed already (if so i must have missed it) but noticed Teatro Liceu’s new production of Contes d’Hoffman (the one that SF Opera has in the summer) opens next month, and Dessay is not doing all 3 heroines there, only Antonia… When is SF going to announce that she isn’t doing all 3 there?

    • Feldmarschallin says:

      Perhaps when a few more tickets have been sold…

    • oedipe says:

      Yes, this has been discussed before at some length.
      It is highly unlikely that Dessay will be singing the 3 roles in SF, of course, since she has cancelled similar assignments at Pleyel in Paris and at the Liceu. I have no insight into the SFO management’s plans, but I suggest they get on the phone with Sonya Yoncheva’s agent FAST (if they haven’t already done so).

      • Signor Bruschino says:

        Thanks Oedipe- I am in SF on at a convention and bought tickets, so its not like I made a trip specifically for it, but since she already has made her decision in a sense not to do all 4 heroines, it seems very foolish to avoid the obvious, especially since there will be of this new production opens in Barcelona on 2/4, 3 weeks from now- and its not like they are hiding the truth…

  • WindyCityOperaman says:

    Born on this day in 1876 composer Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari

    Born on this day in 1904 baritone Julius Huehn

    Born on this day in 1920 baritone Theodore Uppman

    Born on this day in 1937 baritone Vicente Sardinero

    Happy 80th birthday soprano Margherita Rinaldi

    Happy 72nd birthday mezzo-soprano Anne Howells