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  • Krunoslav: Excatly how I read it, And who can blame the Polish tenor and the Swedish baritone? I think it’s disgraceful that an... 10:49 PM
  • gironabalie: There is about 45 minutes of music starting at the beginning of the third act (after the prelude) which is second or even... 10:19 PM
  • aulus agerius: I took this to mean that the 2 colleagues wouldn’t perform in Russia because of Putin Politics. Did you read it... 9:05 PM
  • Donna Anna: The other mess was Sher’s staging of Hoffmann. I wanted to throttle Nicklausse as embodied by Kate Lindsey but the... 9:00 PM
  • lorenzo.venezia: Thank you, Batty, for saying it far more eloquently and kindlier than I could have. I don’t understand how people... 8:53 PM
  • Batty Masetto: It always saddens me to see smart, sensitive people like Greg implicitly buy into what Daniel Barenboim has called the... 8:01 PM
  • Milly Grazie: I beg to differ, the Doyle Grimes was a mess onstage and on camera – one couldn’t make out ANY detail in the... 7:47 PM
  • manou: I am sure armer would like me to point out that it is not HRH QEII but HM QEII. 7:40 PM

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Please forgive La Cieca’s tardiness this week, cher public, but she had a major snafu with her toilette. Better late than never, though, to begin the discussion of off-topic and general interest subjects.


  • PushedUpMezzo says:

    With pearls firmly clutched I regret to inform you of rather inappropriate behaviour by one of our Transatlantic friends during dear Mr Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus:

  • WindyCityOperaman says:

    Born on this day in 1819 composer Jacques Offenbach

    Born on this day in 1891 soprano Giannina Arangi-Lombardi

    Born on this day in 1896 conductor and pianist Wilfrid Pelletier

    Born on this day in 1899 soprano Helen Traubel

    Born on this day in 1905 mezzo-soprano Helene Bouvier

    Happy 77th birthday bass Stafford Dean

    Happy 69th birthday tenor Wolfgang Neumann (as the Drum Major)

    Happy 68th birthday baritone Brent Ellis

  • zinka says:

    As a special bonus in honor of Marisa Galvany’s June 19th birthday, I have decided to give as a BONUS all of my Marcello Giordani tapes to anyone who can tell us the TRUE ORIGINAL NAME of Galvany…PLUS,if you can guess all the PHONY names ( Union regulations required this ) I will let you come to my home in Queens (NO NASTY COMMENTS,PLEASE!)with a huge shopping cart, and grab all the Fischer Dieskau tapes.(That will take about 5 seconds.)
    Ain’t I a sweetheart???????

    • WindyCityOperaman says:

      The operabase websites misses a LOT of birthdays, even established divas/divos, and certainly a lot of the younger people. I always got her mixed up with Maria Glavany when Andy Karzas would play her 78 rpms on his show, I was thinking “Didn’t she do Stuarda with Bubbles?”.

      • Buster says:

        Or established, ànd young divas, like Eva Lind, who celebrated hers on June 14th:

        Tickets for the Wiesbaden May Fest next year went on sale. I got in for the Klaus Florian Vogt, Waltraud Meier, and Barbara Haveman Lohengrin! The program is carefully hidden on their website, and you need to go back and forth to the pogram book to find out about the great May casts (Manuela Uhl, Herlitzius and Soffel for Frau ohne Schatten, for example), that mostly come together for one performance only.

  • WindyCityOperaman says:

    Born on this day in 1891 conductor Hermann Scherchen

    Born on this day in 1925 mezzo-soprano Larisa Avdeyeva

    Born on this day in 1928 soprano Judith Raskin

    Happy 78th birthday tenor John Wakefield (as Eurimaco)

    Happy 67th birthday soprano Lucy Peacock

    Happy 56th birthday mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore