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  • MontyNostry: Indeed. I was thinking about singers of the role at Covent Garden, but ENO have at least latched... 3:06 AM
  • Rackon: I’m SO happy to hear all the praise for Stephen Powell! I heard him in ’06 or ’07... 12:53 AM
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  • la vociaccia: And I’d like to add that in spite of her flaws, Meade is still a seriously major talent,... 11:00 PM
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Our own JJ plans a comeback

“I hate that word. It’s a return, a return to the millions of people who have never forgiven me for deserting the airwaves!” So says Our Own JJ (not pictured), referring to his reappearance on WQXR’s Operavore program tomorrow afternoon at 12:30.  Just before the Met broadcast of La forza del destino, JJ promises a discussion of “star quality,” and, after all, who better? Oh, yes, there will be chat.  

For those of you who didn’t catch Operavore live, here’s a streaming player for the show.

If you liked (or did not like) what you heard, cher public, La Cieca asks you to comment on the show. Your feedback will help JJ and his producer to continue to improve Operavore.

31 comments

  • phoenix says:

    manou, I went on Operavore about an hour ago and I noticed only one Comment came up on my screen for today’s broadcast (there may have been more later on). I pressed “Leave a Comment” and the screen changed but there was was no instructions on how to sign-on in order to leave a comment, only a link to something like ‘RSS rules and regulations’ (not sure of the verbage for that link). Since I wasn’t interested in going through the hoops of another “registration process” I didn’t pursue the link. I tried again on that same today’s performance comments page, again pressing ‘Leave a Comment’ but the same non-informational screen popped up. I didn’t have the patience to deal with the previoius program comments on the site, but WQXR was broadcasting that live Pirata with Devia and the sound was very good, but I don’t care that much for Bellini (yes, I have seen Il Pirata but was not impressed) and Devia is almost as old as I am. To me, she sounds like it.

  • zinka says:

    Happy 205th birthday to my dear dear dear friend,Maria Malibran…I am a bit angry at you for holding that last note of the Trovatore act four duet too long….especially since it was not written yet.

  • CwbyLA says:

    It is hard not to agree with James Jorden’s choice of Angela Gheorghiu’s voice as “star quality.” I went to her recital at the Broad Stage in LA last weekend. I immensely enjoyed it especially since it is a small theater and the evening felt very intimate. For me, the biggest surprise came at the end of the recital. I am pretty much sick of hearing O mio babbino caro as an encore piece from practically every soprano. Gheorghiu sang it too as an encore but with so much emotion and such beautiful phrasing that I fell in love with the aria all over again. I like her a lot, especially her musicality but my renewed sense of curiosity in that little aria made me respect her even more.