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  • MontyNostry: Bill, what must make Trieste really nice, though, is that it’s in Italy, so hopefully a... 7:12 PM
  • Bill: Obviously the setting of this production is Trieste – part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, where... 7:06 PM
  • manou: I am off to beat myself over the head with an atlas. 7:05 PM
  • Batty Masetto: Not to mention the seacoast of Bohemia, attested by no less than Shakespeare. Manou adorée,... 6:58 PM
  • Krunoslav: Slovenia also had (in 1914) and has a coastline. 6:47 PM
  • manou: My apologies to Austro-Hungarians everywhere. 6:37 PM
  • Bill: The Austro-Hungarian Empire had a naval fleet (and not only on the Balaton) in its day. 6:33 PM
  • Krunoslav: Um, thanks for the ‘correction& #8217;, but Nina Koshetz was in plenty of films: 1956 Hot... 6:32 PM
  • moritz: Yes, sorry for that. Blame the limited language skills of the non-native speaker and the shyness of... 6:32 PM
  • manou: Here is Rupert C: http://www.telegra ph.co.uk/culture/m usic/opera/1130377 4/Un-Ballo-in-M... 6:30 PM

Mystery guests

“Perhaps what was most exciting about last week at the Met was that there was nothing conventionally ‘special’ going on: no opening nights, no production premieres, no unusual repertoire, no debuts. The thrill derived from the combination of terrific performances and that staple of operatic drama, the late-notice cast change.” [New York Observer] (Photo: Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera)

The oldest rule in the book

Something a little out of the ordinary from Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin this week: David Del Tredici‘s Final Alice, featuring the “original cast.” Read more »

Irene Dalis 1925-2014

The American mezzo-soprano and impresario died today in San Jose after a long brief illness. She was 89. [San Francisco Chronicle]

White Rabbit

No late seating

Your tardy doyenne (pictured) invites the cher public to make the most of what remains of this week to enjoy off-topic and general interest discussions.

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Die Meistersinger

It’s complicated

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is a problematic opera—or, rather, it is an opera that has, in the last century or so, become problematic.

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botticelli_birth_of_venus

A star is reborn?

The New York City Opera Board has signed an agreement to transfer its name and intellectual property to NYCO Renaissance, Ltd.

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Tebaldi

Not without my daughter

From our dear Junfger Marianne Leitmetzerin, and early example of the art of maestro James Levine (not pictured.)

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Coloraturafan

He is a camera

One of the nicest of parterrians, coloraturafan has launched an exciting new video project and he could use a little help from you, the cher public.

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canards

What’s my canard?

So, how quickly can you find the canard?

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cieca_holiday_2014

Later on, we’ll conspire

It’s that time of year again, cher public: those crisp short days when you decide to stay home and make all your gift selections from La Cieca’s Shoppe of Holiday Delights.

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