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  • LT: She charges pennies compared to pop “stars” ;. 9:27 PM
  • LT: Rehearsal clips from Otello at the Met: http://instagram.c om/p/7DdXGxIf5e/ https://video.xx.f bcdn.net/hvideo-xf t1/v/t43.1792-2... 9:22 PM
  • RosinaLeckermaul: Yeah, right! 8:55 PM
  • kennedet: +1. I never heard Netrebko as a lyric coloratura during her young career. That doesn’t take away from her wonderful... 8:41 PM
  • vilbastarda: “Zarzuelas are set in Madrid; operas are set in Seville.” , I’ll remember that, love it! Thank you for the... 8:32 PM
  • kennedet: Steveac, you misunderstood my post. You’re second paragraph smacks of ageism.I won’t reply to it. 8:24 PM
  • Bill: It is interesting as there are rumors that Elina Garanca was going to undertake Donna Elvira in Vienna (maybe not at the Staatsoper)... 8:16 PM
  • vilbastarda: I do think she has arrived to her true fach. To my ears she has never been a light lyric, her voice has always been that of a... 8:09 PM

And another thing!

After 11 years during which she has written, edited and/or presided over more than 20,000 stories, weekend TV shows and radio segments on the arts, architecture, books and music, science, travel, the Nazis and Hamlette the micropig, Manuela Hoelterhoff is retiring from Bloomberg News.   Read more »

Anna behind bars

Anna Netrebko adds yet another veristic aria to her burgeoning repertoire: “L’altra notte in fondo al mare” from Boito’s Mefistofele.   Read more »

Tales of Stefan

This summer’s hottest opera event was Stefan Herheim‘s production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Bregenz Festival. The video after the jump has everything: transgender muses, planted hecklers, Offenbach, serendipitous allusions to Caitlyn Jenner, reassigned music and the origin of the world.   Read more »

Violetta

Mobbed by matinee girls

“She was literally mobbed by matinee girls of Berlin, and it required the efforts of a dozen policemen to rescue Miss Farrar from her young admirers.”

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Vaster

It’s just one letter, but it makes a vas deferens

“But enough about Lou Tellegen,” Miss Farrar snapped.

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Dumpster

Forward three and a half in the tuck position

“What perhaps allowed me to hear past the surface of Cold Mountain was access to a piano-reduction score while the piece was still being written—a copy I discovered in a Dumpster near Higdon’s Philadelphia apartment, discarded only because it was misformatted.”

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Think Pink

Invitation to the trance

“To mark the book’s publication, and to manifest the spirit of linguistic improvisation, Koestenbaum will perform piano miniatures (Scriabin, Chopin, Fauré, Milhaud, Poulenc) while incanting spontaneous Sprechstimme-style soliloquies.”

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Fake

Tweet charity

La Cieca is positively brimming with excitement to bring you an exclusive interview with @FakeNLebrecht, connoisseur of sick notes, writer of fiction and obituaries.

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Farrar Butterfly

A beautiful vision

“She sounds the note of deep pathos in both action and song convincingly, and last night won the tribute of tears from many eyes.”

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“That goes without saying”

“Wolfram von Eschenbach is played by the up and coming German baritone Daniel Schmutzhard.”

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