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  • WindyCityOperaman

    Born on this day in 1887 director and administrator Carl Ebert

    Born on this day in 1913 soprano Nadine Conner

    Happy 83rd birthday soprano Margareta Hallin

    Happy 74th birthday tenor Giorgio Merighi

    Happy 63rd birthday composer Anthony Davis

    Happy 61st birthday conductor Riccardo Chailly

  • Krunoslav

    Sing, o Nightingales, in Berkeley Square!

    “The [Minnesota Opera] season opens on September 20, 2014, with the company premiere of Puccini’s La fanciulla del West. Soprano Claire Rutter stars as Minnie…”

    Best since “Our Own” Aussie Betty Fretwell!

    • La Fanciulla del West Kensington!

  • WindyCityOperaman

    Born on this day in 1831 librettist Henri Meilhac

    Born on this day in 1836 composer Léo Delibes

    Born on this day in 1897 soprano Maria Nezadal (she’s the Gerhilde)

    Born on this day in 1907 poet and librettist W H Auden

    Happy 74th birthday tenor Heinz Zednik

    Happy 69th birthdays soprano Lisbeth Balslev and baritone John Bröcheler

  • oedipe

    The Liceu Barcelona 2014-2015 fresh off the press:

    A “solid” season for lean times. Not a lot of risk taking, but some good productions and/or casts.

    Special for Anti: I Due Foscari with Domingo, Monastyrska and Vargas. In concert version, though.

    • antikitschychick

      Awesome!! Thanks for posting that oedipe :-D. Its unfortunate that it’ll only be a concert version…hopefully there will at least be a recording or a broadcast…?

      Any who, it looks like she is also up for some national award:

      “Liudmyla MONASTYRSKA (lyric dramatic soprano) was chosen for her brilliant impersonations as a prima donna of the National Opera of Ukraine in 2009-13. She has performed in the box-office productions of La Scala, Covent Garden, and Metropolitan Opera. Foreign critics agree that Monastyrska is the best Aida these days. Each opera starring her has played to a full house.”

      :-D :-D :-D. She totally deserves it!! I was surprised that she wasn’t nominated for one of those international opera award thingies for best new artist or artist to watch or something like that :-P.

      Also, its Friday!! Don’t know about ya’ll but I’ve had a loooooong week so the respite is muy bienvenido lol

      • oedipe

        Well, it’s the kind of thing they are likely to broadcast. So, if you are not there, a concert version is just as good.

        • antikitschychick

          I really, really, REALLY hope so!! I mean PD and Ramon Vargas are also singing in it so the star wattage is there. I’ll prob email them at some point and find out. Thanks again for the 411. Xo.

  • armerjacquino

    Who was it who was talking about Roschmann not taking the top C in ‘Susanna, or via sortite’? I owe him an apology. Just listening to the Salzburg/ Harnoncourt recording and NETREBKO DOESN’T TAKE IT EITHER! I agree, it sounds awful with neither lady on it.

  • Opera Teen

    Shameless self-promotion: Please read the review I wrote of Fleming’s final Rusalka!

    • Camille

      Bravo, OT—I see you have been doing your homework.

      It pleases me you were able to see her in this role for even if it was the end there was still something of the beauty left from when I first saw it twenty-three years ago. An amazing feat.

      Peter Gelb had better watch out, as you are gaining on him!

      Old Camille

      • Opera Teen

        Camille, every time I hear people write off the Parterre commenters for their meanness and close-mindedness, I remember how cosistently kind and supportive you are to me. I so appreciate it. Here’s to you!

        And I enjoyed Rusalka, but I can only imagine how it must have been 20+ years ago. Fleming in her prime must have been a thing to behold!


  • Baltsamic Vinaigrette

    “Well, he was on the bottle the whole time! He had a huge glass of what seemed like water next to him. It was vodka. Yet he was still amazing….”

    Dame Kiri on working with Leonard Bernstein. 70 next month and taking on the Duchesse at ROH on her birthday night, she talks to Richard Morrison behind the Times paywall today.

    “I started off with the Countess in Figaro in 1971, then I did all my major roles for the first time there -- the Mozart and Strauss operas, Otello, Simon Boccanegra. Yes, everything I did at Covent Garden was basically a tryout, which is pretty stupid….

    “Actually, it was tough. A couple of years ago, I thought to myself, ‘Oh my God, how did I ever keep on this freight train?’ I give a lot of advice to young singers now simply about surviving….

    [In her musical heaven, who would conduct the orchestra?] “Oh, hard question! I’ve worked with so many great ones. I’d like half a dozen, please. Definitely Georg Solti. John Pritchard, he was so naughty! Colin Davis, Jimmy Levine, definitely Karajan… Böhm….

    Her foundation is making a special award of £70,000 available to one or more young singers in 2014. “This is a year I want to celebrate. No negatives, There have been plenty of those.”

    • ML

      That’s twice she’s mentioned Karajan. I don’t doubt her, but WHEN exactly did they collaborate? Or, as Zinka would put it, when ?????????????? !!!

      • m. p. arazza
        • ML

          Many thanks, MPA! And good sleuthing. Looks like that was HvK’s last run of Nozze.

          But how weird that she cites him as one of her greats having collaborated so little with him. The experienced must have overwhelmed her.

          • ML

            … “so little” — actually it looks like ONE single performance during the festival.

        • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin

          Uh, that would be at Salzburg (read the review in the link at the bottom of the credits; also Staatsoper is closed in August).

          HvK’s last “Figaro” at Staatsoper was:

          Freitag, 28. April 1978 | 18:30 | in italienischer Sprache
          4. Aufführung in dieser Inszenierung

          Herbert von Karajan | Dirigent
          Jean-Pierre Ponnelle | Inszenierung
          Jean-Pierre Ponnelle | Ausstattung
          Norbert Balatsch | Chorleitung

          Claudio Nicolai | Conte Almaviva
          Anna Tomowa-Sintow | Contessa Almaviva
          Ileana Cotrubas | Susanna
          José van Dam | Figaro
          Rohangiz Yachmi | Cherubino
          Jane Berbié | Marcellina
          Heinz Zednik | Don Basilio
          Kurt Equiluz | Don Curzio
          Jules Bastin | Don Bartolo
          Zoltán Kelemen | Antonio
          Christine Barbaux | Barbarina
          Hermine Saidula | Bauernmädchen

          • Bill

            Jungfer -- correct -- actually te Kanawa
            never sang the Figaro Countess in Vienna at all and did not make her debut there until 1980
            as Desdemona. But a singer can have an
            admiration for a conductor’s work even if not
            performing with that conductor.

          • ML

            @ Jungfer and Bill, could it be that she sang only ONE performance with him in all? And that, as part of a Salzburg run centered on someone else?

            • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin

              Off the top of my head, there were also the concert “Otellos” with Pavarotti and the CSO, the legendary Carneige Hall performance recorded by Decca (with Pav hiding under a blanket for most of the show, inhaling steam and drinking god knows what). There also were some performances of “Carmen,” “Otello,” and “Boccanegra” at ROH/Covent Garden, and a Paris “Don Giovanni” in 1975, plus several recordings (i.e. the Strauss Four last Songs).

            • armerjacquino

              I’m confused. None of those were with Karajan, were they?

            • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin

              D’oh! Sorry, sorry, sorry… I forgot the conversation was about HvK, NOT Solti! Pardon my senior moment (actually I was asleep just now until the cat woke me and after 20 minutes of tossing and turning I pulled the laptop up to the bed; and of course the cat is now asleep on top of me).

            • ML

              You’re forgiven, Jungfer, and the cat is duly thanked.

              Isn’t it odd that Te Kanawa sings ONE NIGHT with HvK and lists him as “definitely” one of her greats?

  • WindyCityOperaman

    Birthday tributes for Saturday, February 22 (sorry to be a day late)

    Born on this day in 1904 tenor José Soler

    Born on this day in 1910 bass Hervey Alan

    Happy 85th birthday soprano/mezzo-soprano Anny Schlemm

    Happy 84th birthday soprano and Hollywood “ghost” singer Marni Nixon

    Happy 75th birthday baritone Silvano Carroli

  • Feldmarschallin

    Zürich 2014/2015

  • Feldmarschallin

    Not very interesting season. I was thinking of going to the FroSch until I saw the name Emily Magee and then I quickly turned the page. Then I saw an Elektra with Herlitzius and again Magee popped up so again I will skip that. I won’t pay those high Zürich prices for a second rate singer. Yoncheva is singing Lucia there.