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  • Feldmarschallin: Well the top is completely gone and I also hate his personality on stage. Ist mir so was von... 9:00 AM
  • Donna Anna: This opera has even more painful resonance after the latest hostilities in Gaza. The ugly... 8:36 AM
  • 98rsd: You’re being painfully literal. I mean that it’s a term that’s often used to make a... 7:58 AM
  • ML: He was good on Sunday. Can you describe exactly what it is you dislike in him? I don’t enjoy his... 7:41 AM
  • Baltsamic Vinaigrette: DSS, it is one thing not to ‘get’ something that you sampled in the first... 7:34 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: http://www.amazon. de/Kunstst%C3%BCck e-Rolando-Villaz%C 3%B3n-ebook/dp/B00 I2F2NFU/ref=sr... 7:12 AM
  • ML: I’m jealous. Barenboim seems to be on an Elgar kick. I saw a new Elgar 2 from him on disc the other... 6:51 AM
  • Regina delle fate: We can’t escape it over here! But Barenboim and Rattle have been championing it in... 5:25 AM
  • ML: I’d love to hear Gerontius with anyone. It seems to be forgotten. 5:20 AM
  • Regina delle fate: To which you can add, Wozzeck, Lulu (three-act version), Betrothal in a Monastary, The... 5:18 AM

Love in bloom

Everything about Aleksandra Kurzak’s new disc is a variation on the term “fioritura.”  From the fuchsia-colored album design, with the decoratively curvaceous soprano brandishing a bouquet of flowers wearing a patterned ensemble of similar hue, to a collection of arias and scenes that bloom through her spectacular coloratura facility, Bel Raggio is a thing of beauty.

While her first album was a “calling card” recital, designed to showcase her talent across a continuum of popular repertoire, Bel Raggio is devoted exclusively to the work of Gioacchino Rossini.  The soprano has made the works of the “master from Pesaro” something of a specialty and his operas have figured prominently in her European career.  She adds yet another Rossini heroine to her repertoire when she essays Countess Adele in Le Comte Ory for La Scala in July 2014.   Read more »

Our retrospection will now be all to the future


La Cieca predicts you will be seeing more of the same old puritans at the Met next season, and she’s not just talking about the ones who slouch around during intermission hissing, “You call that a trill?” But uou will also see six new productions (including a Met premiere of a 21st century work) and the local debut of one of opera’s most controversial stage directors. Read more »