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  • WindyCityOperaman says:

    Born on this day in 1896 conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos

    Happy 89th (87th?) birthday soprano Lucine Amara

    Happy 67th birthday bass-baritone Ian Caddy

  • zinka says:

    I CRACKED UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    On the Met quiz, they played Werther Letter Scene exc. and suddenly,out came this flat flat GESCHREI, which I knew was Regine Crespin, who had some “vocal problems” at times. One of the panelists guessed “IRA SIFF,” and I said to myself, “Mme.Vera NEVER sounded this bad!” Was this an insult to Mme.Vera AND Crespin??Yes,I think so. Ira,come back!! Your pitch was FINE, despite the Scotto imitations!!!!!

    • MontyNostry says:

      But it was a GESCHREI with style -- and Madame Koch was most diplomatic about it. I wasn’t impressed that the ‘experts’ on the panel failed to recognise either Crespin (obviously from the first note!) or Gorr -- obvious from that magnificent metallic boom of hers.

  • brooklynpunk says:

    Did anyone shell out $175. to see The Gotham Opera perform ” “Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda.”, at The OTHER Met (Museum)?

    I got to see most of it in dress rehearsals, as I spend much time, in the Medieval Galleries at The MET (yup--I have NO life…)--and enjoyed what I saw and heard, but..$175.??--what the hell are they thinking--especially ..TO STAND…!!!

    • Bianca Castafiore says:

      bp!!!!! Maybe you should have gone to the LoftOpera Bohéme instead that people have been talking about…