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  • moritz: I was about to write “I’ve never heard or read that someone used the verb “fistelnR 21; although... 3:25 AM
  • siegmund: I believe she sang almost all of the big wagner roles including brunnhilde and isolde in places like London and Vienna. 1:43 AM
  • Bluebeard: A pivotal scene features that image, plus it’s the poster used by other companies, such as the ROH. It’s a... 12:38 AM
  • Poison Ivy: I saw the livestream. Opolais is a great actress, and a decent musician, but her voice really lacks any bloom. It kind of... 11:19 PM
  • WindyCityOperaman: RIP singer Lynn Anderson httpvh://www.youtu be.com/watch?v=2g0 f3_Gke84 8:59 PM
  • aulus agerius: Why do the WRITTEN ON SKIN ads feature tats? It’s not about that is it? I decided not to go, BTW, affer viewing the... 7:46 PM
  • Bill: I liked Ludmila Dvorakova a great deal – she had a Flagstad like warmth to her voice – very rich in the middle. She sang... 6:37 PM
  • luvtennis: I would have a hard time suspending my disbelief too. How can you kill nuns to music that’s this much FUN!... 5:49 PM

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 »