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  • Jamie01: It’s not necessary to suspend my disbelief to appreciate Dialogues. I don’t have to believe in God. I only have to... 1:04 PM
  • JohninSeattle: OT… to be sure… I love this opera. But when you say: “so I wonder why is it so hard for an unbeliever to... 12:22 PM
  • pavel: Well, I don’t think you can properly evaluate a production until you’ve seen it at least 25 times! 12:15 PM
  • JohninSeattle: It really is a tragedy that there wasn’t enough money in the costume budget to purchase fabric for sleeves. Should... 11:44 AM
  • moritz: From Latin “fistulaR 21; = reed pipe, syrinx, panpipes. The German expression “Fistelstimm e” means more or... 11:04 AM
  • zinka: OT httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=nb8N lupfrmM Rest in Peace (93) VERY exciting soprano. 10:57 AM
  • Lohengrin: I agree with Feldmarschallin. Saw the production 4 times, love it! 10:51 AM
  • La Valkyrietta: The girl can’t help it, the girl can’t help it… httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=soxN 55f7fzU 10:51 AM

The girl can’t help it

This afternoon at 2:20 PM EDT (20:20 CET), the Bayerische Staatsoper presents a live webcast of a sold-out performance of Giacomo Puccini’s Manon Lescaut starring Kristine Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann. Read more »

Internet won

La Cieca figures she might as well retire from editing, and for that matter, Manuel Brug can put down his critic’s pen, because the above is, bar none, the greatest headline ever written.

Another nun bites the dust

“In the 19 seasons of ‘Bel Canto at Caramoor,’ the annual festival of concert performances at a sylvan country estate in Katonah, N.Y., the artistic mission has remained unchanged. It is rooted in Italian opera of the first half of the 19th century, in the vocally virtuosic bel canto style after which the event is named. And so the sudden and radical departure from that tradition this summer—a leap forward of more than a century to present the Francis Poulenc opera Dialogues des Carmélites—sounded ominous.” [New York Observer]

Madeline Kahn

Step by step

Madeline Kahn‘s 1968 interpretation of “Glitter and Be Gay” has been widely disseminated.

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Renee Fleming

The hole nine yards

Fleming will have only about 700 people to captivate tonight when she performs at Walk Festival Hall for the Grand Teton Music Festival.

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Webster

All tomorrows shall be as today

For your Wednesday listening enjoyment, here’s a BBC broadcast of the Gala Farewell to Sir David Webster (pictured, left) at the Royal Opera House on July 9, 1970.

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hunch

Hunch confirmed

George Gagnidze and Zeljko Lucic will share the title role of Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Met this fall, replacing Simon Keenlyside

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Angela Merkel

Oh Angela Merkel we love you get up

There is no snow in Bayreuth. There is no rain in Oberfranken.

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Tristan

Two for one

Our dear friends over at Opera Depot are slashing prices in half on all their live recordings from the Bayreuth Festival this week.

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pleasure

Guilt trip

Part of what makes opera seem, at least, a camp art form is that fans of the genre have such inconsistent taste.

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