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  • Cicciabella: With quotes by Zinka! The translation reads flowingly ;). 7:58 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Has this been already posted? Spitzenplätze für die Schweiz im Operngeschäft 22.07.2014... 7:57 AM
  • manou: She was the Raúl to her Fidel. 7:56 AM
  • CwbyLA: It is amazing to me that she is doing this. She could just rest on her laurels, concertize, sing in a... 7:51 AM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: Alder has just been taken on by Askonas Holt this week, so expect to see her all over the... 7:49 AM
  • armerjacquino: Not to Bubbles, no (she was a Silverman) but nonetheless, he is family. So to speak. 7:46 AM
  • DellaCasaFan: I haven’t heard Elmendorff’s T&I, but his Tannhäuser from 1930 is superb. Its... 7:45 AM
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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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