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  • Jamie01: My favorite part is that they invited her to sing at Game 6, but she was scheduled to give a master... 7:47 AM
  • Cicciabella: Basso, have you ever attended a live DiDonato concert? And did she sing consistently off pitch?... 7:02 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: She could still sing die alte Gräfin in Pique Dame. 6:35 AM
  • Krunoslav: https://www.flickr .com/photos/x-ray_ delta_one/52873476 84/lightbox/ Mitzi Gaynor is not just one... 6:28 AM
  • Porgy Amor: “Guleghina should retire. – Abigaille” 6:17 AM
  • MontyNostry: I think the mic exaggerates the vibrato (the amplification doesn’t seem to be too... 4:56 AM
  • MontyNostry: I bought Kasarova’s first operatic recital album back in 1995, since Alan Blyth had raved... 4:52 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Well funny because two friends of mine who went ot the Arabella in Salzburg said they... 4:22 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Rudolf you have one word too much in your sentence. It should read: Guleghina should retire. 4:17 AM
  • Rudolf: I think it has been said … often … one best retires when the fans exclaim “So... 3:35 AM

Get hep!

On this day in 1938, the Archbishop of Dubuque, Francis J. L. Beckman, denounced swing music as “a degenerated musical system… turned loose to gnaw away at the moral fiber of young people,” warning that it leads down a “primrose path to hell.” Read more »

Vissi d’artist

The San Francisco Opera is batting a thousand where young singers are concerned this season. There, see? A gesture of goodwill to local sports fans. Boy, the “Niners” really took a “beating” in “game two,” huh? Anyway, where were we? Read more »

The magic sniff

On this day in 1947 American actor Kevin Kline was born. Read more »

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Battle of Broadway

Fall 2015 is the target date for an as yet untitled one-woman show based on the life of Kathleen Battle, scheduled to star Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

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Don Ameche

Tops in flops

On this day in 1967, the musical Henry, Sweet Henry opened at the Palace Theater.

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Anger’s aweigh

It was a night a-tingle with excitement at the Metropolitan Opera House.

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Metropolitan

Le veau d’or

On this day in 1883, the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City opened with a performance of Gounod’s Faust.

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Erraught Insect Comedy

Bee movie

La Cieca is gradually coming to the conclusion that Tara Erraught (pictured) has built her dressing room over an Indian burial mound.

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Klinghoffer 1991

Hearing Klinghoffer

Since the Met’s production of The Death of Klinghoffer, opening tonight, will apparently not be broadcast in any form, Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin has graciously provided, in streaming form, a recording from the world premiere of the work in 1991 at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie.

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Louisiana

Low, low prices

On this day in 1803 the United States Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase.

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