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  • steveac10: This whole exchange raises the conflicted feelings I have on these issues. On the one hand we have to be sensitive to peoples... 11:17 PM
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  • m. croche: To be clear, I agree that “just makeup” is not an argument, but merely hand-waving away the issues. Always a good... 8:50 PM
  • Donna Anna: JIS: My favorite part of the opera, too, and one of my favorites–tu tti gabbati with the house lights up. And JL is in... 8:45 PM
  • armerjacquino: the idea that blackface is “just makeup” To be clear: blackface isn’t in any way ‘just makeup’. It has a... 8:29 PM
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  • jackoh: “just as I don’t see why Sher saying ‘blackface is problematic so I won’t use it in my production’ is censorship” I don’t... 8:11 PM

She got through all of last year and she’s here

The apparently immortal Anja Silja (all those performances of Vec Makropulos must have rubbed off!) is seen here in her newest role, Babulenka in Prokofiev’s Igrok at Oper Frankfurt. The soprano, who debuted in 1956 as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, is now in the 57th year of her career. Read more »

Miss Mattila is ageless

mattila_fever_thumbLa Cieca has managed to nab a few moments of video of tonight’s performance of Vec Makropulos from San Francisco, proving that Karita Mattila is indeed today’s ideal interpreter of the role of Emilia Marty. [Video]

Scotto sings again

scotto_thumbThe tutelary goddess of parterre.com performs a few phrases of La bohème — in 2010.

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Pole position

Dame Kiri te Kanawa‘s cousin (who calls the opera diva “auntie because of the age difference”) is promoting “Australia’s first pole-dancing championships.” 

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suon festivo

Here’s bel canto goddess Mariella Devia in fiery form for the final cabaletta from Anna Bolena earlier this month in Palermo. (Just ignore the annoying interpolated interviste.) [kml_flashembed movie="http://youtube.com/v/rT5cpY2qJ2c" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

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equal time

Recital in Tokyo, November 2007. [kml_flashembed movie="http://youtube.com/v/kGgFU8_bpLM" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

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