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  • Walther von Holzhaufen: Thank you, Dabrowski! 4:58 AM
  • Hans Lick: In Trousers By John Yohalem Stella Nemica Infausta Rare Italian Arias for Mezzo-Soprano “You’re... 2:16 AM
  • Lindoro Almaviva: Pieczonka also got maria Callas’ jewels made by Swarovski for her way back then. 2:03 AM
  • Sanford: Viola Dsvis’s show is riveting and she plays the most complex character on TV. And in the two... 1:41 AM
  • Flora del Rio Grande: Don’t you know he will — and sharp too! 12:16 AM
  • Krunoslav: I mean listen to the damn clip and see if you can’t hear what I mention. I enjoyed the... 11:57 PM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: Kabaivanska sang Tosca tonight at Teatro Reggio di Parma as part of her own 80th... 10:11 PM
  • YigeLi: Not the one discussed with you sometime ago, I think all the recordings of that performance came from... 8:51 PM
  • YigeLi: Regarding the Schwarzkopf-VLL issue: I remember reading it somewhere that ES said her voice was a bit... 8:42 PM
  • armerjacquino: La V: Horne most certainly did do the VLL- the evidence is right there on YouTube. I... 8:34 PM

Hearing Klinghoffer

Since the Met’s production of The Death of Klinghoffer (opening tonight) will apparently not be broadcast, 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. Read more »

Low, low prices

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

Does anyone still wear a mobcap?

La Cieca trust that you, the cher public, will don your finest festoonery for this week’s discussion of off-topic and general interest subjects.

Grotto

The Greeks had a word for it

On this day in 1845, Richard Wagner’s opera Tannhäuser premiered in Dresden.

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Dr Jekyll

Precode

On this day in 1902 American actress Miriam Hopkins was born.

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blind-mouse

Blind arrogance

Which rat-faced former elected official—who has been coasting (and profiting) off the one good week he had 14 years ago ever since then—is now about to stick his notoriously art-hating snout into Monday night’s anti-Klinghoffer demonstrations?

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Mark Padmore

Unadorned

There was wonder and magic last night in Philly when The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presented British tenor Mark Padmore and American pianist Jonathan Biss in a recital devoted to the songs of Schumann, Tippett, and Fauré.

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Cyrus cylinder

Weighed in the balances

On this day in 529 BC, King Cyrus the Great of Persia marched into the city of Babylon.

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Partenope_SF_1

Top hatters

Christopher Alden‘s production of Handel’s Partenope is so erudite and theatrically audacious and also such a rollicking ride, it’s hard to believe it isn’t crap.

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gotham_2

Martinu, very dry

Gotham Chamber Opera, which began to operate twelve years ago with a double bill of Bohuslav Martinu’s quirky little pieces, opened its 2014-15 season with two more, Alexandre bis (Alexander, twice) and Comedy on the Bridge.

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