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During what German audiences at Eugene Onegin like to call a “Briefpause,” the cher public (pictured) are invited to discuss, oh, this, that and the other thing.

  • semira mide

    Anyone in MonteCarol last night for LaFavorite with Florez?

    • oedipe

      Nope. But going to see it next week at the TCE in Paris.

      • grimoaldo

        A concert version, I think, isn’t it? A shame it is not a full production, maybe if Florez has a big success a production will be planned with him somewhere, I hope so, I don’t understand why that opera is not as popular as it used to be, especially because it has such a plum role for a mezzo and there are quite a few good mezzos today.

        • semira mide

          Yes,I believe it is a concert version in Paris as well. Indeed there is a plum mezzo role, and she even gets to wear a dress, for a change.

      • manou

        When next week? Je suis à Paris, et vais voir “Puritani” demain soir.

        • semira mide

          Dec 18th, Manou at TDC. Hope you can make it.

        • oedipe

          Manou,

          Also at the TCE, there is an extraordinary Carmélites happening these days, with a nearly ideal cast. Quite an experience. If you can get tickets, that is.

          Enjoy Puritani. I saw it last week. Tell us how you liked it.

          • manou

            Merci oedipe -- looks like I can do neither…I shall be back soon anyway.

  • DonCarloFanatic

    Received as Internet e-mail spam from a friend who should know better, but worthy of us:

    “If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.”

    Nope. Let’s skewer the b******s.

  • zinka

    Who needs Justin Bieber????

    See current Opera News!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • zinka

      But is he a tenor or a baritone???I say..tenor…..

      • WindyCityOperaman

        He’s a cutie!

      • MontyNostry

        “Alexander Lewis is that vocal rarity: a trained baritone whose vocal range has altered so significantly that he is now a tenor.”

        http://ozartsreview.hostingsuccess.com/1261/interview-alexander-lewis/

        • Krunoslav

          A vocal rarity on the order of Jean de Reszke, Erik Schmedes, Giovanni Zenatello, Lauritz Melchior, Renato Zanelli, Ramon Vinay, Carlo Bergonzi, James King, Daniele Barioni, Placido Domingo, Raymond Gibbs, Alan Glassman, Joseph Kaiser…

  • zinka

    My all-time favorite rendition of this scene…Carteri,born Dec.13, 1930..one of my adored ladies..and just the way Taddei says,”Entrate’ makes me cry..This to me is the greatest example of how tosing with love!!!!

    • armerjacquino

      That is a beautiful version of the duet, thank you zinka. Do you know (I’m sure you do) the 80s video with Cotrubas and Thomas Allen? She slays me in this moment.

  • Er wird zu Gertrude Stein: The Manhattan School of Music presents the mother of all 20th century operas, Virgil Thomson’s The Mother of Us All. Review on Superconductor.

  • WindyCityOperaman

    Born on this day in 1897 tenor Georges Thill with music for the holidays

    Born on this day in 1927 tenor Richard Cassilly

    Happy 72nd birthday soprano Karan Armstrong

    Happy 63rd birthday baritone John Rawnsley

    • WindyCityOperaman

      . . . an uninterrupted Marietta’s lied with Karan:

  • Lurker_del_Cairo

    It looks like they are recycling the costumes from the Met’s old FroSch for the new Hobbit movie:

    • Lurker_del_Cairo

      How do you insert an image? The standard html construction “<img src=" doesn't work.

      • Commenters do not have the capability of inserting images into comments. If you do want to refer to an image, just paste the URL of the image into the comment as a link.

        • Lurker_del_Cairo

          OK thanks La C.

          • laddie

            Wow. I’m confused. I am seeing elf king instead of a link.

            • Lurker_del_Cairo

              Maybe when you post a link the photo shows?

              Anyway, he is wearing Leonie’s headdress from the Met’s old FroSch!

            • I believe that sometimes, La Cieca will take the trouble to imbed the image if she likes the link that is posted.

          • antikitschychick

            Hahaha this is awesome Lurker! Omg Im seeing H2 tonight in 3D!!! Cant wait!!! Am at the theater right now about to watch the transmission of Falstaff!! My First HD of the season and first time watching this operas as well :-D. The Met looks pretty full…hope its a good performance!!

            • Lurker_del_Cairo

              I will be in the house Wed nite -- looking forward to it.

              Enjoy!

          • Then I am honored!

            • (That was supposed to be a reply to Kashiana)

            • I’m sure we all strive to post an image link worthy of embedding. :)

            • marshiemarkII

              Lurquito, you website is gorgeous!!!!!!, just as gorgeous as one would expect from your parterre persona, and I love the portmanteau title :lol:
              Are some of those architectural pieces in the Gayest Island?

            • MMII -- I’m flattered to say the least!

              Most of the architectural photos, which alas, are not my own, are of houses on the left coast. But have you seen the book Fire Island Modernist? It’s worth a look.

              The rose portraits designated (c) 2013 are from my own garden -- the rest of the photos are borrowed from other blogs.

            • marshiemarkII

              Lurqui, it is absolutely GORGEOUS! so tasteful! just like you! I hope when the weather gets better I’ll get a chance to see your garden :-)
              You know I don’t know that book and probably shouldn’t look at it or I’ll have an attack of nostalgia……. Fire Island has probably changed a lot since I was last there, sometime around 2000 or 2001 I think for just one evening. The time before that was an almost week that I spent with Hildegard!!!! in 1996. I guess I should have gone this past summer for the Gayest Opera Festival on Earth, but I had a schedule conflict and couldn’t go. Jamie Barton was the star!
              In any case, probably would have to pass through the Meatrack real quick…. before the memories overwhelm :twisted:

            • Hold that thought…ALL those thoughts.

          • bluecabochon

            Lee Pace really looks gorgeous in this. The Elf look suits him!

    • WindyCityOperaman

      Saw Desolation of Smaug this afternoon in XD/3D . . . amazing, and quite “operatic” in scope. Much as I love the Tolkien-book movies confess to being a “marginal” admirer of the genre, not like these geeks who have read the novels cover to cover and know every character by name. I know of one young person who was attempting to learn “Elfish” . . . kid you not.

      • bluecabochon

        I would love to see what Peter Jackson could do with The Ring. :)

      • Grane

        I used to write in runes. Now I come to find that many young nerds did that.

  • zinka

    i love to go to the Met..I have 35 tickets..but NOT CHENIER..why?????
    Here’;s why………………….

  • Bianca Castafiore

    Has this been posted before?

    • marshiemarkII

      Bianchissssima FABULOUS! Mille grazie, will watch tomorrow, Grande il Maestro!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Did you see I posted again, just for you, the Chopin you inquired about! it is DIVINE (in the Marianne thread at the very end)

      • Bianca Castafiore

        Yes, marshieeee, thank you so much, I did listen to it. Very kind of you. Hope you are keeping warm in this dreadful weather.

        • marshiemarkII

          Yes had to go up to CT, but back in my cozy casa now, listening to Beethoven Late Sonatas, those Wagner Transcription by Kocsis and Lugansky were really sublime and made me think late Beethoven for some reason.

          • pobrediablo

            Which casa? Casa Verdi?

            • pobrediablo

              A que hora?

          • marshiemarkII

            La Beetchina is alive?!?!?!?!?! that was a long beauty sleep gurl…..you must have needed a lot of work done :lol: or else I thought all that Wagner she needed to catch up with had caused a malfunction, and thereby a core dump :P
            Se atoró!

            • pobrediablo

              Con todo mi amor

            • marshiemarkII

              Y con todo el MIO!

            • pobrediablo

              Cinico!

            • marshiemarkII

              Te adoro diablita, you ARE camp! :lol:
              si solo te gustara Wagner……..

            • pobrediablo

              Me gusta el Dulce y calmo. Pero no conozco su musica tanto para decir que no me gusta, Marshita.

            • marshiemarkII

              Diablina, you have to know more Wagner so you love more Wagner, and then we can start talking to the sacerdote….. :twisted:
              Are you going to be around before Christmas? I will be at Juilliard’s Peter Sharp Theater on Thursday…….
              You are too fierrrrce, te mereces un regalo!

            • pobrediablo

              Pero tu crees que soy una cualquiera o que?!

            • marshiemarkII

              Y eso Ms Diva?!?!?!? no comprende lo que Ud quiere decir

            • pobrediablo

              Ofreciendome regalos para aprovecharse de mi inocencia y pureza!! :P

            • marshiemarkII

              Es que te vi esa cara de puta :lol:

            • marshiemarkII

              Y no creas que era tanto el regalo, te iba a dar una cajita de carton, envuelta en un papelito brillante, con una linda rosita roja, y con muchos streamers de todos colores :lol:

            • pobrediablo

              O don fatale, o don crudel!!

            • pobrediablo

              Pfff, y yo me ilusioné con el anillo de compromiso. jajaja

            • marshiemarkII

              Bueno, let me think, check out the line, see which one is prettier, and maybe, maybe, possibly, well you know la fila es larga…..
              Pero si quieres escuchar the next big stars of tomorrow, singing bel canto! you could come to the Peter Sharp on Thursday……

            • marshiemarkII

              7:30 PM is the concert. There will be several parterre gurls there, so you needn’t bring your chastity belt. There will also be a lot of lights, so keep the maquillaje sober and delicate, no muy chillon, capisce cara? :lol:

            • pobrediablo

              LOL Are there tickets for that?

            • marshiemarkII

              Es solo con invitacion, pero obviamente que te estoy invitando….

            • pobrediablo

              Y quien eres tu pa’ invitar? Lo organizas tu?

            • marshiemarkII

              Partly….. yes

            • pobrediablo

              Pues,a ver si me animo a venir y mientras estoy alli les muestro a esos amateurs como se canta :D

      • marshiemarkII

        Bianchissssima she was OK in the Sieglinde, without erasing memories of Leonie of course, but in the Liebestod she was so overtaxed in the big phrases!, and you could see it in the body language too. Do you know THIS trip to the gates of heaven?!?!:

        • marshiemarkII

          Bueno este era para bianca pero tu me estabas leyendo la mente….. :roll: spooky, but you have a big tarea with Gotterdammerung now, from the other thread, remember?

        • MMII -- I see what you mean by overtaxed, but there was still some lovely singing, non?

          She was a wonderful Sieglinde in the Lepage Ring.

          • marshiemarkII

            Lurquito there was some lovely singing indeed and we have been having such a string of nastiness recently that it was a relief, indeedy. But jeez, the Liebestod is not even that high at all, and she looked like she was singing Act II of Gotterdammerung :P and some phrases just came up short, eventhough the conducting was sublime and very supportive, you needed a supersoprano to be able to hold the Bernstein tempi but THE supersoprano delivered as expected :lol: don’t you think?
            She was much better in the Sieglinde in this clip, and I understand most people agree with you she was wonderful in the Lepage Walkure. I was out of the country, so I missed her and the International Stud (manou ™), in one of his best roles at the Met, the Parsifal sure wasn’t :lol:

            • Thielemann supremely sensitive collaborator, yes. One of my pet peeves is why opera conductors must dress so fussy -- Nehru collar, black tunics, or Thielemann’s midnite blue. What’s wrong with classic?

              Had not associated your Heilegest with Isolde but yes, it’s a marvel that there is no fatigue at that funereal tempo, and without any compromise. I could quibble, but the way she handles the rests is quite beautiful.

              Who but Lenny would have the film end with a close up of the CONDUCTOR?

            • marshiemarkII

              Oh Lurquito, I have a much better story :P. Lenny was thutch a Q while conducting this, singing along, and making all kinds of contortions, during the Narrative and Curse, in one of the rehearsals that she just turned and said” Lenny please! ***I*** am the Isolde, OK” :P

            • Priceless!

              Reminds me of the comment (cannot remember who said it) that Lenny conducted everything the way HE would have composed the music.

  • marshiemarkII

    Ms Voci and Kruno, did you gurls brave the elements to hear Ms Savoy sing Britten at Weill Hall today?. I had to go out of town, so I am serially missing my chickadees! love to hear your opinion if you did!

    • la vociaccia

      That was tonight? Oh darn..yes I spent most of the evening walking in circles around the UES (don’t ask) snapping off icicles forming on my coat. Not a pretty sight. I’m very sorry to have missed the recital, I was truthfully planning on going but I lost track of the schedule and…well you know. I hope your Emalie had a wonderful night singing Britten.

      The sonata op. 110 is my favorite Beethoven. And his op. 90 (which I heard Uchida play-gloriously-three years ago at CH with the Chopin op. 58. A dream program!)

      • marshiemarkII

        Voci, do you also love the Op3 No 2 (is it No 2 in the minor key) with that most divine slow movement???? Do you know the recording with Richter from Prague? SUBLIME! You know Alfred Brendel wanted to do a joint recital with Hildegard, so we went together to hear him play that Sonata at Carnegie Hall, it must have been around 94 or 95 or 96? did you go for that, I was amazed how lyrical he was! Can you imagine what Schumann (and the Berg lieder!) they could have done together, but it never happened……

    • marshiemarkII

      Well it was at 3PM, and there was a lecture at 1PM, she was singing two Russian songs written for Evil Galina, she already did the War Requiem at the full Carnegie and that was sublime. She really loves Britten! And I had to go up to Weston, it this dreadful weather, at least they sent a car for me…..

      Yes of course the Op 110 (I have with Kocsis!) not to mention Gilels and Pollini. But the ones I truly go mad over are the Hammerklavier and the Op 109 (oh heavens….)

    • Krunoslav

      I stayed home out of the snow and watched the Scala RHEINGOLD, in which Soffel, Youn, Rügamer, Kränzle and Prudenskaya (Fricka, Fasolt, Loge, Alberich, Flosshilde) emerge best. Choreographer should be shot.

  • Bianca Castafiore

    Just found out about this concert tomorrow, I do not know “Feuersnot” but a friend told me about this.

    No names I have heard of, but didn’t someone here praise Jacquelyn Wagner recently?

    http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2013/12/15/0200/PM/American-Symphony-Orchestra/

    • marshiemarkII

      It’s young Strauss and brassy, for the already converted :P
      Don’t know Jacquelyn but the one that gets much praise is Amber Wagner, and also lots of catcalls she needs to lose a few Lbs.

    • Krunoslav

      I heard Jacquelyn Wagner in a competition once and liked her. She has done some roles at the Deutsche Oper Berlin ( Pamina, Countess, Micaela) , Violetta and Rosalinde in Frankfurt, plus Fiordiligi and, more recently, Arabella for Minnesota Opera.

      Alfred Walker, the Kunrad, has sung small bass-baritone roles at the Met since 1998, most recently in SATYAGRAHA.

  • Camille
    • marshiemarkII

      CammiB!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you are FIERRRRRRCE, even fiercer than la Diabla! we are going to miss you so much, but you will still be around here of course? Too bad you cannot come on Thursday!

    • pobrediablo

      Camila Parker Bowles is here

    • marshiemarkII

      CammiB, if La Lupe Camp-Fest we cannot be without MMII’s personal anthem; This is Mai Laif :P :P :P

      I don’t give a damn for lost emoSSions,
      what a meSS I made of Mai Laif
      Dis is Mai Laif!

      • Camille

        Ja, ja, Marschallina—-

        Those lines from Roberto Devereux contain some of the MOST GLORIOUS (MM™) music in opera and as sung by La Superba MC, have haunted my memory since A.D. 1966, when I first bought that album and felt like I had heard un voce dal cielo.

        Have a big success on Thursday and be a good gurl or else San Nicola won’t bring you any pretty new silks.

        con grande affetto!
        Christmas Bells