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  • phoenix: manou, you are a monkey, too? if you are a wood monkey, you were born the same year I was 5:29 PM
  • antikitschychick: P.S. quite mucho was not a typo; it was me being silly and using Spanglish. I did mean to say it is snowing quite mucho... 5:29 PM
  • antikitschychick: thanks for the heads up NPW. I’ll read it later on tonight. It is snowing quite mucho here in PA tonight and I... 5:23 PM
  • NPW-Paris: Anti, my report is out. 5:10 PM
  • la vociaccia: You know, I really appreciate that Thomas and Cambridge weighed in on the issue with the Washington Post and I do think a... 3:57 PM
  • armerjacquino: How unbelievably dumb to use the opinion of singers as some kind of clincher. It’s not the inside world of opera... 3:42 PM
  • m. croche: Though I now possess a bearish exterior, I, too, am a brother of Sun Wukong. 3:11 PM
  • redbear: Just found more on this in the Guardian. A commenter mentioned that the last time we saw her at the opera, she was shot on the... 2:57 PM

Ott and proud

“Baritone Jarrett Ott (bottom) in Philadelphia, with current boyfriend Adam Franklin (top) who is the Artistic Administrator at The Santa Fe Opera, for performances of Verdi’s La Traviata.” [Operafresh]

Ombra mai fu!

When it comes to throwing shade, Latrice Royale herself must surely yield her crown to the queen who made a contribution to the Rentboy.com Legal Defense Fund “In honor of David Gockley and San Francisco Opera’s production of Gordon Getty‘s Usher House.”   Read more »

Gunn-free morning news zone

At Opera Philadelphia, baritone Jarrett Ott, recently praised by Opera News as a “rising star” with “a voice that is polished and immaculately produced,” will replace Nathan Gunn as protagonist W.P. Inman for all five performances of Cold Mountain, February 5-14 at the Academy of Music.   Read more »

Denise Duval

Denise Duval 1921-2016

Soprano Denise Duval, muse to Francis Poulenc, died yesterday in Switzerland. She was 94.

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Kaufmann Alagna

Uomo non vidi mai

From the Met: “Jonas Kaufmann has canceled his performances in this season’s new production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut due to illness.”

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Flanigan Medea

Atre Furie, volate a me!

While legendary NYCO soprano Lauren Flanigan has, alas, not been singing very frequently lately, she recently has turned her laser-like focus to that other essential aspect of the diva’s job description, that of Raising Righteous Hell.

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Aida Sarasota

Numi, pieta!

La Cieca is delighted (if that is the correct word) to note that, according to this photograph, the celebrated La Gran Scena Opera Co. di New York are reviving their beloved staging of Aida.

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Dog Days

Must love dog

“You can’t imagine anyone else writing an opera that sounds like this one, though you devoutly wish someone would.”

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Furs Furs

The Good, the Bad and the Gockley

Even in San Francisco, actions speak louder than words.

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Norman Lebrecht

“Never mind!”

“In the first place,” Human Weasel Norman Lebrecht helpfully clarified, “it was not a gay bar the director wanted but a miners’ bar.”

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