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  • Camille: I MUST post THIS—as it has finally appeared on youtube—! httpv://youtube.co m/watch?v=yxPkweUO 5EI As a two year old, I was... 2:33 AM
  • joggerboy: Can you recommend a good recording of FROSCH? I’ve never been able to get into it. 2:13 AM
  • Camille: Just very recently I was looking up something about Anna Moffo and happened to notice this Sweethearts appearance was marked... 2:03 AM
  • Camille: What’s BOLSHOI for neuterED, then? Russian is just too damn much work! It’s more work than German, even! 1:50 AM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Then you can cut her some slack as it was seven years after her last Met performances. Both she and Merrill... 1:38 AM
  • Camille: Jungfer–sorr y, but I have been out all day and I have to tell you— -I have no idea how we got to view it –Monsieur... 1:26 AM
  • Sanford: You know, no one worships Moffo more than I do but that wasn’t her finest hour. 12:40 AM
  • grimoaldo: Yes, utterly wonderful, thank you SO much CC and La C for posting this. As for the Troyanos/Anderson Cesare, never knew of... 12:22 AM

Fou fighter

It is easy to become overly identified with opera—as a cleverer friend of mine once noted: being a sports fan is an interest, but if you like opera, everyone thinks of it as a crippling obsession. Les Troyens doesn’t help matters; “I’m going to a four hour opera,” you tell someone, trying to convey the magnitude of Troyens, but somehow it seems not to hint at the right degree of lunacy, so the next time, you include intermissions and say “I’m going to a five hour opera” and up and up it goes until you admit, between puffs on your gauloise, that everyone was right and you must be tres fou.   Read more »

Myth opportunity

France has this year saluted one of its greatest composers with many performances including revivals of some long-forgotten works. Unlike his homeland, America hasn’t exactly been vigorous about commemorating the 250th anniversary of the death of Jean-Philippe Rameau.   Read more »

Abs of a Soldier

La Cieca has obtained this photo of Thomas Hampson headlining Camouflage Night at Powerhouse, uh, rehearsing for Heart of a Soldier at the San Francisco Opera. You can tell the scene is Northern Rhodesia in 1962, because that is where the British military first started offering complimentary personal training packages to their troops. Read more »