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  • Olivero is my Drug of Choice: Yes……. 5:52 PM
  • kashania: Those low notes are frightening! One of my favourite Callas recordings is Santuzza which she... 5:47 PM
  • Poison Ivy: I didn’t get Elisabeth Schwarzkopf for the longest time. My first recordings of... 5:41 PM
  • Lady Abbado: Well, in her very early days, even the voice itself was truly remarkable. Hear the phenomenal... 5:39 PM
  • PetertheModest: I quite like her Tatiana, and if I’m a bit tired, I can close my eyes and just listen... 5:24 PM
  • kashania: Agreed. Callas’ singing was more beautiful than the voice itself. 5:20 PM
  • alejandro: I didn’t get Netrebko until I saw her live. I found her voice too heavy and thick when I... 5:19 PM
  • kashania: Dying well is an important skill! :) 5:19 PM
  • kashania: I agree that Massenet’s Manon highlights the youthfulness of the character more. But the... 5:17 PM
  • grimoaldo: Like everything else, “you had to be there to ‘get’ so and so” is a matter... 5:15 PM

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Another season opens this weekend, the much-admired series of livestreams from the Bayerische Staatsoper. The live online telecasts begin with Wozzeck starring Simon Keenlyside on Sunday, October 6 at 1:00 PM EDT.   Read more »

That is what fiction means

A bio in need of perhaps a little minor retouching: “Anja Harteros is today one of the world’s most popular singers in her field and can be seen and heard performing on all the great opera and concert stages.” [Opera4u.com GmbH]

“Schau sie an, ein Gefangener der Gosse”

In a starling last-minute change of programming, the Salzburg Festival has canceled all further performances of the critically-reviled Peter Stein production of Don Carlos. Weltstars Anja Harteros and Jonas Kaufmann will instead perform My Fair Lady (pictured).

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Nacht und Träume

We waited eagerly to hear the Munich-born Jonas Kaufmann make his role debut as Manrico at the Bavarian State Opera as well the German-Greek soprano Anja Harteros take on Leonora’s bravura difficult arias.

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It might as well be Einspring

Kate Royal withdrew as Mozart’s Contessa the other night (May 3) in Munich and we were forced to accept as substitute—gosh!—Anja Harteros

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More o’ Leonora

Since you so adroitly identified the voice of the mystery Leonora as Anja Harteros, La Cieca thought you might like to hear the soprano in the complete Act 4, Scene 1 of Il trovatore. 

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