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  • WindyCityOperaman

    A day behind in birthday tributes, sorry.
    For Monday, April 28

    Born on this day in 1911 soprano Maria Tauberová

    Born on this day in 1920 mezzo-soprano Nan Merriman

    Happy 71st birthday conductor Jeffrey Tate

    Today, Tuesday, April 29

    Born on this day in 1842 composer Carl Millöcker

    Born on this day in 1879 conductor Thomas Beecham

    Born on this day in 1895 conductor Malcolm Sargent

    Happy 78th birthday conductor Zubin Mehta

    Happy 76th birthday bass Harald Stamm

    Happy 59th birthday baritone Gino Quilico

    • PushedUpMezzo

      All those conductors! Bet Beecham and Sargent never exchanged greetings.

  • Feldmarschallin

    FragendeFrau you can start making plans again since your boy will be singing Walther at the Festspiele 2016.

    • FragendeFrau82

      Danke liebe Feldmarschallin! I have already started putting spare change in the piggy bank. I’m guessing the chance of tickets will be tiny but I’ll certainly try the lottery!

      • Feldmarschallin

        It will be a new production but I have no idea yet who will be doing it but they generally do about 4 performances at least and the opera is very popular here and there hasn’t been Meistersinger here for several years much to the disappointment of many who like to have a few performances every year, so you can imagine the demand will be very high.

        • FragendeFrau82

          *sigh* Yes…probably impossible. With luck it will be livestreamed with a DVD to follow, since Bachler has apparently changed his mind, or persuaded his singers, that DVDs are a good thing.

  • oedipe

    Potential bad news for fans of the Dutch National Opera: there are persistent rumors in the Italian press that the scandals afflicting Pereira may cost him his job as GM of La Scala and that he may be replaced by Pierre Audi.

    • MontyNostry

      Potential bad news for Audi too. I know La Scala is very glamorous, but I suspect DNO is somewhat less stressful to run.

    • Cicciabella

      I hope Audi gets the job, provided he wants it. He was short-listed to follow Jürgen Flimm in Salzburg, but they went with Pereira. It would be a loss to DNO and the Holland Festival, but Audi has earned the honour.

      • Buster

        Ruth Mackenzie is the new artistic director of the Holland Festival. After 25 years, I can imagine Audi wants to look somewhere else. It will be a huge loss, though.

  • According to Intermezzo, Angela Gheorghiu has just cancelled a concert in Hamburg. Sigh.

    • Cicciabella

      I hope this does not mean that she has retired her Marguerite.

      • Lady Abbado

        I think that’s exactly what it means. If it were pure laziness, she would have cancelled only Baden-Baden, but withdrawing from a concert performance of the role means that she did some thinking and decided that the role doesn’t interest her any more. (If only she decided the same about Mimi!)

        At least, she left for posterity the gorgeous ROH DVD with Alagna & Terfel:

        • Cicciabella

          Yes, Lady, that DVD captures wonderful performances from the whole cast. And the McVicar production is ace.

        • oedipe

          And Keenlyside and Sophie Koch too…None of the revivals has come even close.

    • Guestoria Unpopularenka

      Now that Sonya ain’t going to SF, she has June all open and free…

      • peter

        Has that been announced anywhere?

      • oedipe

        Has she officially cancelled?

        • peter

          Yoncheva is still listed on the SF Opera’s website for Traviata in June and Boheme in October.

          • Guestoria Unpopularenka

            Like that means anything. She’s left productions during rehearsals, kids :D I don’t believe she will venture that far out for a whole month given the circumstances. Especially if she has been offered the rest of Donna Anna’s engagements.

  • zinka

    i love you,Flores..but May 6…do not return!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Camille

    This is the scene. When I watched it again I noted it came from an older album so, unlikely to be GJ. All the same, beautiful. Someone will know.

    And the courtyard of prisoners reminded me so of Fidelio.

    Hope IS a good thing.

    • armerjacquino

      No, you were right first time. Whatever is in shot, the soundtrack to the film lists the 1968 NOZZE, with Janowitz and Mathis under Bohm.

  • WindyCityOperaman

    Born on this day in 1870 composer Franz Lehár

    Born on this day in 1916 soprano Alda Noni

  • I missed commenting on Laurence Sterne’s tercentenary last year because I couldn’t find an appropriate video. Now I have.

    Happy 300th, you magnificent bastard.

    The song is quite saucy and so NSFW, particularly if your colleagues were born in the 18th century.

  • Henry Holland

    A couple of 2014/15 announcements:


    New productions

    Not much for me in the way of new productions, but the Julietta, Owen Wingrave and Konigskinder look interesting.

    Lyon also announced their upcoming season:

    Well, well, Die Gezeichneten, very nice. I’d curious about Michel van der Aa’s Sunken Garden too.

    • grimoaldo

      Frankfurt with new productions of Poppea *and* L’Orontea, wow. Also Euryanthe and a concert of Csardasfürstin, how marvelous.
      Lyon -- Le Roi et Moi, oh yuck. BUT- a NY concert with Flott!
      Thanks for the links.

      • Henry Holland

        Maybe the Le Roi et Moi is part of the trend to slip in a musical or two per season to draw different crowds. Rumor has it that San Francisco Opera is going to do Sweeney Todd in 2015-16, for example.

      • Cocky Kurwenal

        Joyce DiDonato looks like she’s programming some interesting stuff in her recital -- not least the promise of something unspecified from Norma.

        • armerjacquino


          *ducks for cover*

    • oedipe

      It’s not opera, but the ballet/dance program in Lyon’s next season is remarkable.

  • zinka

    In my “olden days” we had so many wild and screaming evenings..Those Fraus and Elektras for example..and the Nilsson/Corelli Turandot,etc. Now most of the time singers take their solos and they all take a group bow..and CURTAIN!!!
    The Opolais and Camarena “events” this season were RARE and it is hoped that we can to some extent return to those evenings when you banged and screamed. Thanks to these delightful brilliant artists for awakening something that has been sorely absent for a long time. Charlie

    • The wild and screaming evenings have not disappeared.

      Legendary Beijing opera diva Zhang Huoding, today’s leading exponent of the Cheng tradition, returned to the stage last weekend after an absence of nearly four years. She starred in the Beijing opera warhorse “The Unicorn Purse”. Tickets sold for up to 4000 RMB (over $650 USD). At the end of the evening, she was called back onstage five times and performed two encores, the first from “The Summer and Autumn Pavilion”, and the second from “Three Offer A Seat”. The audience went nuts, with one young man repeatedly screaming out “Zhang Huoding, I love you, I love you!”

      Here’s footage of the event. Note the age of the attendees. About 8 minutes in, the camera swings around for views of the rest of the audience.

      I was lucky enough to see her in a couple of her rare appearances (Shanghai, May 2009). Both nights she also gave three encores. The audience both nights went similarly berserk.

  • Jamie01

    Will there be a chat for this evening’s War Requiem live broadcast on Such an amazing work.

  • aulus agerius

    I attended the performance of Orphee in Pittsburgh last night. I thought it very well done all around. I’m glad I went -- bottom line. Too bad about all the empty seats. It is a large theater and it was a Tuesday night. Lovely train ride home through rainy Allegheny valleys

  • Satisfied
    • oedipe


      Obviously, Gelb is being thanked for inviting such a large number of French artists to the Met. Too many actually, and unworthy (with the possible exception of Jean-François Borras). I am sure Gelb could find numerous American, German, British, you-name-it singers who are much superior to Tézier, Koch, Deshayes, especially in the French rep. But he is magnanimous and the French are grateful for his great American generosity.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    Domingo embraces the digital age and Ipaws.

  • Cocky Kurwenal

    Who has been tasked with reviewing Rosalind Plowright’s hotly anticipated first ever solo recital CD?

    • armerjacquino

      Actually, in the sample on that page she sounds better than she has for years. Lieder may be the way forward.

      • Cocky Kurwenal

        I think the voice itself is remarkable, and has always worked fine except at the top -- it’s just a pity that so much of her repertoire from her prime years depended on a secure, refulgent top.

  • DonCarloFanatic

    Met supporters question: I receive solicitations from several Met groups, like the Guild, the Support the Broadcasts, etc. Which one in your opinion does the most good for opera?

  • WindyCityOperaman

    Born on this day in 1582 composer Marco da Gagliano

    Born on this day in 1927 conductor Gary Bertini

    Born on this day in 1949 soprano Ruth Welting

    • laddie

      Hey Rowna! This Ruth Welting video might be another “mouth position” demonstration tool for you. It’s very interesting to *watch* her technique.

  • Cicciabella

    I’ve always wondered if he sang this, but of course he does. It’s been here all along, but I’ve only just found it. Ham it up, Roberto!

  • WindyCityOperaman

    Born on this day in 1754 composer Vicente Martín y Soler

    Born on this day in 1906 soprano Aulikki Rautawaara

    Born on this day in 1911 conductor Charles Bruck

    Born on this day in 1925 conductor Anton Guadagno

    Born on this day in 1928 conductor Horst Stein

    Happy 66th birthday soprano Jeannine Altmeyer

    Happy 61st birthday conductor Valery Gergiyev

  • zinka

    Mr.Gelb, as a result of the recent BIS thing..has instituted the following criteria for giving a singer a “BIS.”

    1. The ovation must last at least 7.8 seconds

    2. Anyone sitting in the orchestra does not count because they spend all that money but don’t know anything anyway.

    3. No encores will be permitted on arias that end in lower than a high A.

    4. There will be an announcement on the titles..where,if you push the button,instead of the title coming up in English,Yiddish, or Hip-Hop, you can vote for a BIS..One push is for “YEA” and two pushes is for “NO”. There is also a third push of the button for” Gimme a F break..I have to make a train later.”

    5. No singer who supports Putin, Justin Bieber, or Sarah Palin will be allowed a BIS.

    6. If the singer does not want to give a Bis..because he/she/it is fatigued, the singer has the right to refuse to do a hard aria and can instead sing something like “Happy Birthday” or even the complete songs of Hugo Wolf.

    7. If any singer does the famous (infamous)”Bonisolli Pira thing” he will be yanked off the stage as in the old Vaudeville days where they give the person THE HOOK.

    So it shall be it shall be as nutty as the poster who thought this up.