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  • Lohengrin: Listen to AG´s Adriana! Although I am not a fan of her: she sings the aria with much more heart, knowing what is about the... 2:08 AM
  • Fritz: Well, combining Signor Matiste from Citizen Kane and “Cortigiani& #8221;, here he is singing that very aria for the... 1:22 AM
  • Camille: Gee, that’s too bad. I do have her Wesendonck Lieder mit Lenny and they are swell. Especially “Im Triebhaus̶... 12:21 AM
  • La Cieca: Bert Lahr did a variation on this line in one of his Broadway shows, not sure which one. The idea was that Bert fell afoul of a... 11:52 PM
  • m. croche: How wrong conventional wisdom is! Sometimes translations need be neither faithful nor beautiful. All they need to be is, erm,... 11:20 PM
  • erricco: the recording does not do justice to the hilarity that Mary Lou creates in her live concerts…..o f course, these numbers... 10:57 PM
  • Camille: What a charming thought. Thank you. 10:46 PM
  • Camille: Are you having a bummer of a summer? Go Brush Up On Your Shakespeare — and see KISS ME KATE IN 3-D at the Museum of Modern... 10:45 PM

Are you available for dancing in the streets and shouting from the housetops?

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All about Anna

Yes, yes, La Cieca realizes that parterre has gone “All Anna All the Time,” but, hey, she’s opening the Met season in a company premiere, plus we like her. Anyway, La Netrebko is profiled, covered, revealed, reported, what she eats and when and where, whom she knows and where she was and when and where she’s going—and besides that a teensy moment of tsurris with a corset, all in the Sunday Times cover story by Zachary Woolfe.

Like she was a play or a book or a set of blueprints

all_about_annaSo stop me if you’ve heard this one: a, shall we say, mature diva gets stranded in the snow, and in her place a substitute (carefully hidden, no doubt!) gives a performance! Out of nowhere – gives a performance!  Well, according to Intermezzo, life imitated art (and what better art to imitate than All About Eve?) earlier today, December 30, when a certain, shall we say, less mature diva jumped in for Manhattan-stranded Renée Fleming at the Staatskapelle Dresden’s annual concert on the German TV’s ZDF channel. [Intermezzo]

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Where the elite meet

La Cieca recalls the words of her old, old, old friend Eve Harrington: “In good conscience, I must give credit where credit is due.”  And far be it for La Cieca to begrudge her cher public something so freely given by Little Miss Evil.

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