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  • blanchette: thank you so much Vilbastarda- I truly appreciate that . I still want to know more- but that’s a lot. I am so so... 11:07 PM
  • DerLeiermann: why do we need to know Señor Domingo has diarrhea? 10:39 PM
  • gustave of montreal: Aha! a compatriot from Vancouver. 10:08 PM
  • amoebaguy: I have no problem with avant-garde productions provided they are well thought out. Christoph Marthaler’s “Hoffmann... 10:07 PM
  • vilbastarda: Hey Blanche, seems that nobody answered you. So, let’s try: he’s generally telling them how to be authentic. The... 9:16 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: He led some of the rehearsal, but became ill. He’s doing well now. It’s definitely wash you hands often... 8:05 PM
  • Salome Where She Danced: Met site announces conductor of last 3 Lulus: Derrick Inouye. Getting his Peggy Sawyer Moment at age 59. 7:52 PM
  • armerjacquino: I’ve been waiting all day to elucidate on my idiocy! I must have been unthinkingly parroting that ‘trivial... 7:47 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 »