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  • Buster: Larsson was the Waldtaube, obviously. 2:05 PM
  • Buster: Spectacular Gurre-Lieder conducted by Marc Albrecht. It was a longstanding wish of his to do the... 2:03 PM
  • Krunoslav: Margherita Rinaldi is revelatory as a light soprano Adalgisa on the Scotto/Muti pirate set.... 2:00 PM
  • Orlando Furioso: Nice varied bunch today! Gustav Holst is a fun composer all around, and I find his operas... 1:44 PM
  • The Conte: I have long been a fan of her 1969 “Arrigo̶ 1; I had forgotten that she had gone back to... 1:03 PM
  • Poison Ivy: I think my first ever televised opera was Don Giovanni too. It was a Salzburg video with Sam... 12:55 PM
  • 98rsd: Interesting that you didn’t say WHY it’s a ridiculous idea. 12:30 PM
  • steveac10: It seems more like it was because of the last minute cast changes. It really is a sad commentary... 12:29 PM
  • Maury D: The tone of this feels so…familiar somehow… 12:18 PM
  • SF Guy: I saw Berti’s second (and last) performance on Wednesday Sept. 10: he was adequate but... 12:17 PM

Roman holiday

Big changes in San Francisco’s Norma: Jamie Barton is now on for all performances of Adalgisa, and Marco Berti is out “for personal reasons.” Russell Thomas will sing the remaining performances of Pollione. [via Iron Tongue of Midnight]

Blind jealousy

Miss Schaefer, you must forgive me for calling you so late, but  I really feel it's my dutyWhich highly respected opera professional has been making a lot of childish scenes lately (even devising a fake identity on parterre.com!) in order to sow discord between two ex-clients?

Leaner in

The Metropolitan Opera just announced that 22 positions from its administrative staff of 254 have been eliminated as part of a company-wide program of cost cutting. These staff reductions will reduce the Met’s administrative costs in line with its recent agreements with unions representing Met employees, which called for equivalent across-the-board cuts to both union and non-union payroll expenses. Job responsibilities of the employees whose positions have been eliminated will be redistributed among the remaining administrative staff. Read more »

Jungle Red

French tips

Valerian Ruminksi, that bass-baritone who shot off his mouth all over Facebook about a drag queen’s manicure and got fired from a prestigious gig with Opera Lyra—remember him?

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rush

Vital statistics

Now that you know how to obtain same-day tickets to the Met, cher public, all that remains is deciding which operas you intend to see.

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renee_clown

These are the jokes, folks

“[Renée Fleming] also proved herself skilled at musical comedy at times…. As for those aforementioned comic moments, she revealed her own fondness for Joseph Canteloube’s Folk Songs from the Auvergne.”

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joyce_last

Stella di Gowanus

Joyce DiDonato will launch her new “Stella di Napoli” CD with a intime performance in partership with LoftOpera at the Gowanus Ballroom in Brooklyn.

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magda_olivero

Magda Olivero 1910-2014

The legendary Italian soprano Magda Olivero has died.

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fury

All right, God, you have my attention

Norman Lebrecht announces that Deborah Voigt , “one of the leading Brünnhildes of our time,” will join Rufus Wainwright to sing arias from Prima Donna (5) and will then join him in a duet of “If I Loved You” from Carousel and… oh, I just can’t.

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garanca

Venez, cher public! Qui vous arrête?

Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin delves into the very recent past indeed to present Donizetti’s La Favorite in a concert performance starring Elina Garanca and Juan Diego Flórez.

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