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  • Clita del Toro: PS “RobertoR 21; I saw a number of Tebaldi’s Toscas between 1956 and 1958,... 2:00 PM
  • robertovillalba: I never saw a person to be insulted by his arguments, and knowledge about singing, is this a... 1:59 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: What a punim! Makes Gelb look downright viral. 1:50 PM
  • Clita del Toro: “RobertoR 21;, go back to opera-l. where you bore everyone to tears. I guess you are... 1:50 PM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: She’s their go-to girl when a major diva cancels, or she gets double cast alongside the... 1:43 PM
  • robertovillalba: I do not know how to answer is this Clita del Toro , you are well? Yes indeed, for me the... 1:39 PM
  • Feldmarschallin: Well the production deserves to be filmed with this cast especially. 1:39 PM
  • Poison Ivy: I hope the Cenerentola was filmed and the Favorite will eventually become a recording. I have... 1:30 PM
  • Poison Ivy: I have no idea. But also I think the Verona casts are like whittled down to so-so singers because... 1:28 PM
  • Feldmarschallin: Well those performances suit a purpose to provide entertainment for the tourists but like... 1:14 PM

Words without song

mclatchy_amazonLong ago, in a galaxy far away – I mean, the era before supertitles became common in opera houses around the world – you could always tell the text-mad opera fan.  He was the one who arrived early to the theater and spent the remaining minutes to curtain hunched over his libretto booklet, trying to cram as much of the libretto as he could into his head before the curtain went up, so he could (hopefully) follow along with the words as they were sung.  Some text divas even brought pen lights with them so they could follow along with the text while the opera was going on, to the great annoyance of their seatmates.

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Cobra Jewel Song

cobra-womanThe annual Richard Tucker gala came and went at Avery Fisher Hall with the usual quota of gaffes, wardrobe malfunctions, no-shows, too-much-shows, substitutions and surprise guests (well, guest).  And sandwiched between the routine, the egocentric and the just plain dull were moments of true dementia, the moments that we melomanes live and die for.  Most of those moments were due to the antics of a certain well-known Slavic diva (of whom more later).  But first, the specs.   Read more »