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  • danpatter: Goerke’s “Hojotoho 221; is indeed thrilling. There’s even a fairly decent trill. That trill was also on... 2:20 AM
  • Krunoslav: “the Czech soprano Gabriela Benacková” Do not call her than in Bratislava! She made a great career inPrague but she... 1:18 AM
  • Sanford: Roberta Peters was the reason I became an opera singer. When I was 14 or 15, I heard her sing the Vilialied on Dinah... 12:22 AM
  • antikitschychick: LOL @ this and your previous comment. Perhaps you and Verret are right. Also, I’m sure Elina, La Rad and Mariusz... 11:29 PM
  • antikitschychick: Hi Neil, thank you for sharing your thoughts about Rad’s Norma. Having listened to a couple of live broadcasts... 11:20 PM
  • LT: This whole paraNorma activity reminded me of Verrett’s autobiography, in which she says that Norma is one of the most overrated... 10:14 PM
  • antikitschychick: https://cdn.meme.a m/instances/500x/4 4843606.jpg 9:19 PM
  • LT: Polenzani was wonderful in his role. Costello? He would have needed CPR during his aria. 8:39 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 »