“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]
Soprano Denise Duval, muse to Francis Poulenc, died yesterday in Switzerland. She was 94.
From the Met: “Jonas Kaufmann has canceled his performances in this season’s new production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut due to illness.”
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.
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.
“You can’t imagine anyone else writing an opera that sounds like this one, though you devoutly wish someone would.”
“In the first place,” Human Weasel Norman Lebrecht helpfully clarified, “it was not a gay bar the director wanted but a miners’ bar.”