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The blind leading the blind

Which usually calm superstar’s running, jumping and standing (not to mention conducting) will have to be put on hold for at least two weeks while he goes under the knife at a Manhattan hospital?

  • decotodd

    Sounds like Domingo

  • Camille

    Placid Sunday.

    May he take a good rest, take good care of himself, and learn to live with the fact that one’s body is not a machine that will rust and is something which needs the proper rest. It was a cute motto in his forties or fifties but now, it’s not.

    Or maybe it’s Levine, quién sabe???

    • lyrebird

      Joan, the Dame one, an eminently sensible woman if nothing else, remarked down-to-earthly, as she was, that the body was like a refrigerator -- it just wears out.

      • Camille

        Yes, indeed, her great good sense was remarkable in an artist of the lyric stage.

        Certainly can now agree with that sentiment as I hear my motors whirring less and less all the time, and one cannot go to Macy’s and buy a replacement either. She lived to quite a ripe old age in spite of the considerable demands she made upon herself over forty years or so of singing and that was probably due to an ethic of personal discipline coupled with her no nonsense upbringing. A human being of magnificent true grit, courage and tenacity—among much else, of course.

        • lyrebird

          To run with it a little, do you mind?, mention must be made that she broke both legs of her 1926 Scottish design Australian made model (femurs mind you, none of the tiddly ankle stuff) together, at the same time, snap, snap, and without the one to brace the other, nor the either to support the or, she was exactly all those things you so graciously said, and in testament, here she is walking, finally and again. no nonsense Joan, and not at all unlike, for a moment there, that wise old smile and knowing glance, the current Reigning Monarch.


          • lyrebird

            Trying again:

            • Camille

              Yes, thank you. A great singer, maybe one of the very greatest in all recorded history, but that is entirely impossible to say and so subjective, but I have always admired her most for her backbone. And for the great joy she gave to countless other human beings through her very, very hard work and struggle up the ladder, plus service to her musical gift and her art. There won’t be another one quite like her.

      • SilvestriWoman

        And Sills said, in either the Newsweek or Time cover: “The voice is not like a violin; it doesn’t go on forever.”

  • Satisfied

    “running, jumping” and “”under the knife” all sound like Tosca to me.

    …but I’m usually really bad at these so I’m guessing its Heras-Casado :-/

  • Gualtier M

    ew York, NY (October 14, 2015) – Plácido Domingo, currently at the Met to conduct Tosca, was admitted to the hospital yesterday, suffering from cholecystitis, or inflammation of the gallbladder. He is scheduled to undergo a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal) early next week, and it is expected that this minimally invasive procedure will allow him to resume his activities after a brief hospital stay.

    Marco Armiliato will lead this Friday evening’s opening performance of Tosca, and Paolo Carignani will conduct the performances on October 21, 24 matinee, and 29.

    Domingo is expected to make a full recovery in time to conduct the performance on November 2, as well as the three later performances for which he was originally scheduled: November 6, 11, and 14 matinee. In April, he will return to the Met to the reprise his acclaimed portrayal of the title role in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra.

    Marco Armiliato also conducts Donizetti’s Anna Bolena and Verdi’s Il Trovatore at the Met this season. He has led nearly 400 Met performances since his 1998 debut, including 18 performances of Tosca, which he led most recently in the company’s 2013-14 season.

    Paolo Carignani is conducting this season’s Met revivals of two other Puccini operas, Turandot and La Bohème. He made his Met debut in 2008 conducting Verdi’s La Traviata and has also led company performances of Verdi’s Aida and Nabucco. In recent seasons, he has conducted Tosca at the Vienna State Opera, Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, Canadian Opera Company, and Paris Opera.

    This season’s performances of Tosca star Oksana Dyka, Angela Gheorghiu, Maria Guleghina, and Liudmyla Monastyrska in the title role; Roberto Aronica and Marcello Giordani as Cavaradossi; Roberto Frontali, Željko Lu?i?, James Morris, and Marco Vratogna as Scarpia; and John Del Carlo as the Sacristan. For more information, including casting by date, please click here.

      • mia apulia

        where, when? the Steber clip, I mean

    • Gualtier M

      Domingo has delayed his return until November 6th and he is also conducting the performance on the 21st. I would advise Placido to take a trip to Florida on his yacht and rest until December.

  • Camille

    It’s that Mexican food. It’s the WORST thing for a gallbladder, you know!!

    Hope he takes care of himself and does not bolt outta the hospital bed.
    !CUIDATE! Maestro Domingo!!

  • operajunky

    I had this exact procedure last year. He will be home the same day and probably be back on his feet within two weeks. The first few days of recovery suck…painkillers are a must! But after that, it’s pretty easy.

  • Gualtier M

    Frankly I don’t think anyone will miss Mo. Domingo on the podium -- how about take a month off? Just give himself that rest he needs and save it up for Simon Boccanegra next Spring. BTW: Anita Haroutounian is now down for all the Amelia/Maria slots. The Met had originally cast Marina Poplavskaya in the role but I guess it was mutually decided that she should release the contract. BTW: on Monday night on my way into “Tannhauser” I swear I saw Poplavskaya going down the stairs in the lobby on her way down to the lower level rehearsal rooms. Maybe she is getting coaching or watching rehearsals?

    • Cocky Kurwenal

      What is your source re Poplavskaya being cast originally? And who is Anita Haroutounian?

      • Chanterelle

        Liana Haroutounian, perhaps?

        • Camille

          Yes, Miss Lianna, who made a very respectable debut here and for whom I am rooting for her to show up some more.

          She is very, VERY sure of herself and of what she is doing, and I LIKE that.

          Maybe Gualtier was cross-referencing with Anita Hartig, that’s all.

        • Gualtier M

          Lianna Haroutounian will sing the role of Amelia Grimaldi in all performances of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra at the Met this season: April 1, 5, 9 matinee, 13, and 16.

          These will be Haroutounian’s first Met performances of Amelia, a role she has previously sung with the Opéra de Tours. The Armenian soprano made her Met debut last season as Elisabeth de Valois in Verdi’s Don Carlo. Her other performances this season include Leonora in Verdi’s Il Trovatore at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème with Opera Australia; and the title role in Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur at La Monnaie, Brussels.

          Simon Boccanegra is conducted by Met Music Director James Levine and will also star Plácido Domingo in the title role, Joseph Calleja as Gabriele Adorno, and Ferruccio Furlanetto as Jacopo Fiesco.

  • Milady DeWinter

    Best wishes for Mr. Domningo’s full recovery.
    That said, I won’t miss him on the podium for Tosca, either.
    And I’d rather have Mme. Poplavskaya than Mme. Dyka,at any time, whatever be the state the former’s voice. At least she’s interesting, and occasionally produced a great swath of vibrant tone.
    Oh well, good luck to everyone!

    • Milady DeWinter

      “of” the [former’s] voce.
      Maybe those coaching sessions with Christa Ludwig helped.

  • armerjacquino

    A disappointing absence of insanely tenuous guesses!

    ‘calm’- ‘era piu calmo- mi parea’

    ‘standing’- standing room at the old Met- OMG IT’S RENATA TEBALDI

    • Camille

      By george, you’ve GOT it!
      (Just check that with zinka to be sure)

  • Camille

    Interesting factoids about MP: she and EMW share the same agent and MP was to have sung Elisabeth in Berlin UDL in the spring of last year but cancelled. Therefore, she must at least know the role.

    Well, I have a ticket for the TBA night so I’ll find out sokn enough!

    • steveac10

      Westbroek’s down for all of them now Camille -- the TBA is gone from the website.

      • Camille

        Right, right, right—that has been so for some time but I intend to go that evening anyway.
        I just love this opera and don’t know when and how I’ll get another chance to hear it again.
        I just shut my eyes and glory in the sound. We are taking a friend of ours, a new music (as it is euphemistically still called) tomorrow as he just wNts to hear a big Wagner sound in a big theatre with a big sound that has a tradition of performance. Just for the SONIC BOOM, as it were, as he creates a kind of sound art installation with various objects. Hard to explain. I have t’t yet been anle to return since the rehearsal and am eager to hear it in performance, as well, I wanted to give time to Mattei who was ill; and to Westbroek to even out somehow, anyhow.

        Yes, I knew. Thank you.

  • PCally

    Best wishes for his recovery, but he is doing himself no favors going on like this. He is one of my all time favorite tenors but the last few things he has done have just been dismal in pretty much every respect. He’s going the route of Ramey and Morris, except that those two can say at least they never tried to conduct on major opera stages…

    • Camille

      Yes, and those two gentleman have not Fach-hopped in such an egregious manner, either. One doesn’t hear them singing Mario Cavaradossi all of a sudden. That is what really bothers me the most. His conducting I have really not been subjected to, so would not know where his fault lies--he did have a thorough enough grounding and should have observed the many greats he has sung with over the years but there have been so many complaints.

      There is just something driving him, and he just doesn’t know how to stop the car—or is afraid to. I always liked him so much when he was younger and then well into his prime that I hope he can find some inner resource to now contemplate the inevitability of change--sickness, old age, and death are not things we may have the option of running from for these devils will find us in the end, no matter where or how we hide, and no matter how slick and smart and willful and formidable, and seemingly omnipotent and omnipresent.

      • PCally

        I saw good performances from Domingo as recently as the last siegmund. His longevity is a wonder. But when he stopped being a tenor he should have known enough is enough, the he had been around longer than most and that it was time. I’ve only ever heard him conduct once, racettes last run of butterfly. I’m not her biggest fan but I like her in the role and he basically sabatoged her (and the rest of the cast) at every turn. It was actually a little disturbing.

  • Chimene

    I really miss Poplovskaya… I used to see her backstage at the MET cringing against the wall as we were going to see the artists, trying to shrink into the tiniest thing possible… and then outside in the parking garage, she would be swathed with scarves and hats and almost unrecognizable… I miss her square little face and her singing…I guess she has terrible stage fright problems connected with her voice… hope she can overcome it can return to the Met…