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  • kashania: That’s right. I forgot about Lee (whose voice I really liked). Thanks, La Cieca. 8:35 PM
  • La Cieca: The Don Carlo was planned for Rolando Villazon. Alagna took on the part at such short notice that... 8:24 PM
  • kashania: Frittoli’s voice is still lovely but she hasn’t been at her best for several years. Her... 8:19 PM
  • kashania: When was the last time the Met offered Alagna a new production — one where he wasn’t... 8:09 PM
  • kashania: Orion: I don’t have time to watch those YouTube clips right now and I have no doubt that... 8:06 PM
  • tornado12: Although I’m not sure about the Kuchta. The pitch on the recording I found on YouTube was a... 8:04 PM
  • tornado12: I think, I’ve got it: 1) Rita Hunter 2) Kirsten Flagstad 3) Marilyn Horne 4) Hildegard... 8:01 PM
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  • SilvestriWoman: I seriously doubt Goerke has Turandot in her future. Having worked with her many years ago,... 7:40 PM
  • jackoh: Here is what bothers me about this situation, or model. If opera, at least in the US, can exist only... 7:18 PM

Canard season

La Cieca has her old, old, old friend Enzo Bordello (pictured, left) to thank for this week’s canard, or rather, carnards, as Enzo has delivered a delicious brace of blunders.

First misconception: “Violetta’s joyful cabaletta ‘Sempre libera’.” There is nothing joyous about what she is expressing. It is a death wish to annihilate herself through hard living. The manic character of the music is ironic, not literal.

And canard the second: Cio-Cio-San kills herself “because of a broken heart” or as an act of manipulation to make Pinkerton feel bad. No, she kills herself as an act of self-effacement to eradicate any trace of her son’s ties to Japan, so that he can acculturate neatly and easily into his new life in America, freed of the stigma of being viewed as a biracial bastard. And the usual reply to this is: “Well, how can that be? He must look Asian.” Well, no. Puccini and his librettist are explicit about the boy’s blonde hair and blue eyes. Genetically improbable, perhaps, but there it is.

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  • La Valkyrietta says:

    One can read between the lines, but why ignore the actual lines and scenes of the opera, explicitly placed in ti? There are multiple motivations for any human action, so perhaps the canard is just fixing the attention on one of those and ignoring the others, as important as the highlighted motivation might be. Perhaps in the end Cio-Cio-San kills herself because Yamadori is no Brad Pitt. :(