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  • Sanford: Watching the Tucker gala. Beczala sounded awful. Bocelli murdered Edgardo, and Costello looks gorgeous in his double breasted... 9:34 PM
  • Orlando Furioso: When I download it, it’s about an hour and 10 minutes (about half the duration of the opera) and stops in the... 9:32 PM
  • HiggsBoson: The Dover score indicates a middle C and no optional notation for a high C. However, Brunnhilde has written both the high C... 7:46 PM
  • la vociaccia: I don’t think it’s either! Vibrato is far to fluttery on top to be Callas or Fleming and the ‘tutto e... 7:27 PM
  • armerjacquino: Haven’t heard the clip yet but I’m intrigued by the one that’s Fleming or Price or Callas! 6:51 PM
  • manou: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=kzw1 _2b-I7A 6:39 PM
  • jacobelli: I’m only sure about a few of these. 1. Licia Albanese 2. Magda Olivero 3. Clara Petrella 4. Karita Mattila 5. Mirella... 6:38 PM
  • m. croche: I do wonder whether his next string quartet will include a “safe word”. I was a bit surprised to read that he has... 5:51 PM

Ott and proud

“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]

Show Girl

Happy 95th birthday performer Carol Channing.   Read more »

Flying too high with some guy in the sky

If only—if only half the creativity and spectacle that Encompass New Opera Theatre has lavished on its lively production of The Astronaut’s Tale (at the BAM Fisher through Sunday) had been expended on the pretentious libretto by the late Jack Larsonand the quirky, unappealing score by Charles FussellRead more »

Livia

Goodness has nothing to do with it

Born on this day in 58 BC Livia, Empress consort of the Roman Empire and, eventually, goddess.

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Latrice

Ombra mai fu!

When it comes to throwing shade, Latrice Royale herself must surely yield her crown to the queen who made a contribution to the Rentboy.com Legal Defense Fund “In honor of David Gockley and San Francisco Opera’s production of Gordon Getty‘s Usher House.”

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Neptune

Name that Neptune

On this day in 1781 Mozart’s Idomeneo premiered in Munich.

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tobey

Glister act

New York City Opera Renaissance’s Tosca “was opera at its most retrograde, an effort to recreate a golden age from a handful of tinsel.”

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Garanca

When they have sung their songs

For a change of pace, “Trove Thursday” presents three recent vocal (but non-operatic) selections.

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Jonas in Fanciulla

Hello from the other side

A woman reads from the Bible. There is a dance scene in a tavern. The discovery of blood gives away the protagonist.

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Dorothy Bishop

Cherchez la femme

Our Own JJ’s muse Dorothy Bishop returns to New York’s plush Metropolitan Room tomorrow night with another edition of her “Dozen Divas” revue.

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