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Weekly housekeeping

Your doyenne is no good at housewifely duties, so you will forgive her for thinking yesterday was Sunday and so announcing the “on this day” events a day early, won’t you? If not, you can fold your complaints about La Cieca’s slovenliness into this week’s discussion of off-topic and general interest subjects.

  • chicagoing

    Tatiana Serjan opens at Lyric tomorrow night in Tosca and the least expensive main floor seats, even those at the very back and off to the side, are currently listed at four hundred dollars each. Very pricey for Chicago. A comparable seat on a Saturday night for the second cast with Hui He no less expensive.

    • Do they operate an airline-style yield management system? I didn’t pay that much. Any ideas about how it’s expected to be or better still IS once it’s started will be welcome. I’ll be there in ten days or so. Is Tatiana Serjan good?

      • chicagoing

        I thought Tatiana Serjan was outstanding so I was confused that the biggest ovations of the night seemed to go to Brian Jagde’s Caravadossi, but she was definitely very well received. Chicago Classical Review called her Tosca “sensational”. Variable pricing does seem to be at work. Lyric Opera has introduced discount pricing for children and there were several at the opening including an eight year old boy in the seat in front of me. It was a treat to see him clapping away after a moving “Vissi d’arte”.

      • Lohengrin

        Had TS in München as Tosca, loved her. She showed a loving, warm and religious woman, also beeing a diva; I have never seen and heard this “combination” before.
        Cavaradossi was JK.

  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin

    If you’d like to hear tonight’s “Salome” from Wiener Staatsoper, I’ve just posted it at Mixcloud. Catherine Naglestad stars, with Simone Young conducting:

    http://www.mixcloud.com/Jungfer_Marianne_Leizmetzerin/strauss-salome-naglestad-konieczny-pecoraro-kulman-ernst-young-vienna-2015/

  • Camille

    AK Chica — I cannot post in response but hope you are watching the Tucker Gala and sometime listen to Aleksandra Kurzak sing the Sempre libera scene, just as an example. I have no more time right now or would post it. It is the oromo trailer for her “Gioia” album and is on youtube. Mucha suerte!

    • Camille

      Promo trailer!

    • antikitschychick

      Thanks for thinking of me Camille! Unfortunately I missed the broadcast but am hoping to catch the performances on YT soon! Hope you enjoyed it :-).

      • Camille

        I am always thinking of you as you are a fellow Capricorn and it takes one to know one and, further, understand and recognise a lot of my younger self in you. If you will pardon me, it is a bit like my being Doctor Evil to your Mini-me, if you get the drift…….n!

        • antikitschychick

          Well that’s very sweet and kind of you to say and I’m flattered that you recognize yourself in me. Love the Austin Powers reference too :-P. Grew up with those movies and love every single one (and ‘beautiful stranger’ by Madonna is one of my faves too!). Speaking of which, what ever happened to Mike Meyers? He hasn’t done a movie in ages it seems.

        • antikitschychick

          Ok I did some googling and answered my own question. Apparently he has just signed a 2-year deal w HBO. Good to know he’s still active :-).

  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin

    2015 BAYREUTH TICKETS ON SALE ONLINE ON 01 February:

    Am 1. Februar 2015 startet der Online-Sofortkauf von Festspielkarten

    Am 1. Februar 2015 beginnt um 14 Uhr (UTC+1) der Verkauf von Eintrittskarten für die Bayreuther Festspiele 2015 im Online-Sofortkauf-Verfahren, das heißt, ohne oftmals langjährige Wartezeiten.

    Nachdem in der Festspielzeit 2014 für elf Aufführungen ausschließlich Online-Tickets zur Verfügung standen, werden in diesem Jahr für sämtliche Aufführungen der Festspiele Eintrittskarten online bereitgestellt. Über das Verkaufsportal auf der Homepage der Bayreuther Festspiele (www.bayreuther-festspiele.de) kann jeder Interessent insgesamt bis zu sechs Karten erhalten.

    Da alle Interessenten, die im letzten Herbst Karten schriftlich oder online bestellten und bisher noch keine Rechnung erhielten, davon ausgehen müssen, dass ihre Bestellung nicht erfüllbar war, bietet sich ihnen nun eine zweite Chance zum unmittelbaren Kartenerwerb.

  • zinka

    Shades of Camarena!!! Dominic Cossa gave me a selection from one of his pupils…..Wonderful..Andrew Owens.

    D NATURAL to boot

    • Quanto Painy Fakor

      • Quanto Painy Fakor

        Hope he can be true to his own resonance and not aim for the prevailing irritating bleat of other tenors.

        • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin

          Owens was a most excellent and versatile member of the Young Ensemble of Theater an der Wien from 2012-2014, and sang many leading roles (“Le bohème,” “La Cenerentola,” “La clemenza di Tito,” etc.) at Kammeroper (the house reserved for the Young Ensemble) and smaller parts on the main stage. You can hear him in a small role in the Theater an der Wien performance of “I due Foscari” on my Mixcloud site.

          • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin

            I have to say that this lad from Australia was my favourite of the first group of Theater an der Wien’s Young Ensemble project. Each group of about eight singers are contracted for two years. They get leading roles and at least one solo recital at Kammeroper and take on comprimario roles at Theater an der Wien. Listen to Ben Connor (who is now singing at Volksoper):

        • zinka

          He enjoyed reading this clip.

  • zinka

    The great man passed away on Jan.27, 1901.Here is my favorite part of my all-time favorite opera… Aprile…..Maria would be happy………

  • Phoenicia Pomegranate

    Apropos of nothing, I wanted to share this with you all: In the 1960s, Columbia Records released an LP of The Merry Widow highlights with Lisa Della Casa. The absolute high point was when, after the encounter in the gazebo, Della Casa adresses the assembly: “Yu ‘ave all haired wot tuk place in da sommer haus, my frans.” Priceless. I still have the LP.

  • zinka

    We have a HUGE number of wonderful essentially LYRIC tenors today….Rarely do they sing dramatic roles like Bergonzi,Tucker,Caruso who did everything…..BUT where are the Manricos,the Alvaros, the Radameses?????? The way things are going, dear Juan Diego Flores will be SAMSON…..(Like Kraus,Schipa,c.He is too SMART!!) Same with Aidas,Giocondas,Brunnhildes….Is it the teachers????? Are they scared???? I think of my past life…Corellia and Del Monaco-40 times each, Tucker about 60, Zinka 88, Nilsson, Lord knows…..
    I guess we have to look forward to more Monteverdi,Paisiello, and maybe a little Handel(too dramatic??)
    What’s going on??? Gina Cigna and Galliano Masini would say, “Che cosa e questo???”

    • steveac10

      I think it IS fear. They keep on making singers wait longer and longer to do the big stuff. Much of this was fed by the mid century divas tsk tsking the impatience of young singers. Usually just after wistfully reminiscing about their debut as Santuzza at the ripe old age of 17. The difference is, these days there are no venues for a singer to dip their toes into the dramatic repertoire off the radar. A whole hell of a of of those old school singers had retired by the age we now think it’s OK for a singer to try a big role on size. Not every Aida starts out as a Susanna -- but these days we make them do it.

      • la vociaccia

        But a lot of these young singers simply aren’t trained well enough to handle a heavy role without hurting themselves. The conservatory culture in those days of yore with the 23 year old Toscas and such didn’t allow for the utterly unfinished products being trotted out. People used to actually get kicked out of schools for not improving; that hardly ever happens today. Think of a singer like this:

        50-60 years ago, regardless of her interpretive gifts or vocal endowment, someone with technical problems that severe simply would not be permitted by her teachers to cease studying and go make a career. Raina Kabaivanska gave a whole interview to Opera News about how the entire pedagogy culture in Italy is gone.

        • steveac10

          It’s been gone here for more than 30 years. As a vocal performance undergrad I got 1 hour a week with my teacher (selected by the school, of course) included in my tuition. Anything more came out of my own pocket (including coachings). I was also required to participate in 1 large and 1 small ensemble -- neither of which were healthy for my voice. What precious little free time I had was not spent in the practice room -- but I can analyze the hell out of a 12 tone score or a Mahler symphony and expound for hours on Hildegarde of Bingen or Elliot Carter. What I learned about opera beyond Monteverdi, Mozart and the Tristan Prelude, I learned on my own. My voice actually shrank while I was an undergrad, but I could sing the hell out of Scarlatti and Faure.

        • armerjacquino

          To be fair to Romano, she was given a place in the final- although on the other hand, not all of the jury in 2013 had the most perfect techniques themselves.

  • zinka

    Watching a Fanciulla scene with Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs. This reminded me of when a buddy told me about “Intermezzo” with this Lauren Flanigan..WHO????
    I then attended “Mother of us all” and other perf.by Mme.Flanigan and kept saying, “Who takes chances like this?” (Meaning..she lets it all hang out…not generic..very exciting….)
    Would they let Callas sing today??????

  • zinka

    What a terrible VERGOGNA that they never had HD telecasts all over the world in 1954!!!Imagine that these two great stage personalities could be seen????? Well,why not??People still watch Laurel and Hardy?
    (Sorry,Zinka)

  • zinka

    You know how I adore some “flawed” singers…Moedl,Gencer,etc…..On her birthday (Jan.30, 1951..I am TRYING to appreciate Zampieri…..Sorry…I guess someone’s flaws bother some people but others do not care..I understand..but I no get her…..

  • zinka

    O must be losing it!!! Here I am thinking of Tebaldi’s birthday Feb.1 and 60 years ago meeting her (not knowing that it was her birthday,after the Otello debut)..and TOTALLY forgot, when I was posting the Met 1956 Tosca…that her teacher was the lady you hear now..especially the Cantata high C….Well, I guess I just forget good stuff.

  • zinka

    More to come on Feb.1.We did not know it was her birthday when we first Met her after debut..60 years ago!!!!! God bless this lovable lady who made us so happy on and off stage…..

  • zinka
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    My error:

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  • zinka

    This week I have been posting and sending clips of the beloved Renata Tebaldi, whose birthday is Feb.1 (1922). I also said (I think) that we met her coincidentally on her birthday 60 years ago,after the Met debut on 1/31/55.No one knew this…and we would have sung!!!!
    Anyone of any vintage recognizes the LEGEND of this lady, whose performances were “events,” always ending with all the fun outside, and screaming (out of the limo) “Ciao”up 40th St., and us running after her….
    Tomorrow I will be thinking of all the great experiences we had with her,onstage and off.One example is seeing off on a train to Philly, and saying to the baggage handler by the door, “Spoletta,chiudi!!!” This was Renata, someone who made us so happy and who will remain forever in our hearts.
    One beautful element of the Internet is that all generations can partake to some extent of the careers of great singers. How many have been exposed to singers whom even we crazy collectors never heard of. (Meta Seinemeyer was one BIGGIE for me.).This is one of my goals….to make sure no “flame” dies, so Renata’s marvelous career and personality will be remembered forever.
    Grazie, mia cara Renata, per tutto che hai fatto per opera, e per me.

    Carlos (She could not speak English in 1957 and I had not learned operatic Italian,so I spoke in espanol..hence the “CarloS”

    • Quanto Painy Fakor

      Great memories, Charlie!
      See also:http://www.renatatebaldi.eu/
      The Renata Tebaldi Committe is cataloguing all the photographic material, papers, journalistic material, bibliographic material, clothing and respective accessories, as well as all the relics which once belonged to Renata Tebaldi .

      HONORARY PRESIDENT:
      Prof. Paolo Isotta

      PRESIDENT:
      Giovanna Colombo

      VICE PRESIDENT:
      Josè Rosellò Prats

      Fondatori e Aderenti:
      Carlo Bergonzi
      Angela Biggio
      Montserrat Caballè
      Avv. Carlo Cerami
      Connie De Caro
      Placido Domingo
      Mirella Freni
      Judith Goldberg-Apy
      Marilyn Horne
      Eugene Kohn
      Miguel Lerin
      Cristina Mazzavillani
      Aprile Millo
      Riccardo Muti
      Magda Oliviero [R.I.P]
      Marisa Plack
      Dionne Russell
      Giannino Tenconi
      Oliviero Toscani
      Ernestina Viganò