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  • manou: Hello Ciccia – many thanks for that. We shall have Netrebko, Tézier and Alvarez. It does look pretty precarious, I must say... 4:27 AM
  • Cicciabella: OT, but manou, this is for you, the DNO Trovatore trailer, by Alex of the Fura, the production you will see in Paris. A... 3:34 AM
  • Timur de Morte: Your statement about Russian singers is quite unfair to, among others, Olga Borodina, Ekaterina Semanchuk, Sonya... 11:57 PM
  • Camille: Oops sorry. I got so excited I sent this twice. Can’t wait to read it! Un bacio ancora! Un’altra!! 11:28 PM
  • LT: Christians do not follow any dietary (or dress, lifestyle, etc)rules as those were “cancelled&# 8221; by Jesus and the New... 11:17 PM
  • Camille: Oh Maestro QPF–thank you so very much! I could just kiss you if I could! Yes, it was primarily the Paris version in its... 11:17 PM
  • Camille: Oh Maestro QPF–thank you so very much! I could just kiss you if I could! Yes, it was primarily the Paris version in its... 11:02 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: The Wolfgang Wagner is not Wieland’s brother. Far from it. He is primarily a typographer with the middle... 10:43 PM

Katerina’s insomnia

Fellow sitcom junkies may remember the episode of Modern Family where Gloria Pritchett, Sofia Vergara’s character, describes her relationship with her ex-husband: “It seemed like all we did was fight and make love, fight and make love, fight and make love. One time, I’m not kidding you, we fell out the window together.” Throw in a trio of murders and a healthy splash of vodka and you have, more or less, the plot of Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.   Read more »

Dwarf star

Verdi’s Macbeth poses a challenge to any company with the audacity to mount it. It’s layered and fascinating, but it needs a strong cast of singers and a director with a clear-cut purpose to do justice to Verdi, Shakespeare, and convey the deep-seated drama in the music and libretto. In another installment of the Teatro Regio di Parma’s “Tutto Verdi” series, the small, ambitious house gives a performance that almost perfectly achieves those goals.   Read more »

All Sills final

You can tell a lot about someone from their garage sale. You can tell what’s important to them. You can tell where they’ve been and who they are., what their priorities are and the kind of people they associate with: all sorts of things.

I learned a lot about the New York City Opera from their online auction a few weeks ago.   Read more »


First steps

There’s something charming and almost irresistible about early Verdi opera. I always equate it to seeing a grade school test from Albert Einstein.

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The little people

As an opera, La Traviata is defined by its characters.

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Questions and antlers

Verdi’s only successful comic opera, Falstaff, is notably hard to produce.

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