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  • La Cieca: Particularly inapposite to get all pearl-clutchy about Manon Lescaut, an opera that sort of malingered on the fringes of the... 5:47 PM
  • aulus agerius: Yeah, for some reason I’ve thought that Laddie was a cute young thing. Sexagenarian? Yikes! Oh, the shrinking... 5:39 PM
  • La Cieca: I have always thought it best that parterre writers draw a veil of mystery about the facts of their lives. 5:28 PM
  • armerjacquino: Although if he’s just entering his sixth decade he’s surely turning 51… 5:24 PM
  • laddie: sexagenarian 5:21 PM
  • laddie: Happy Birthday WCO! As a fellow sexagenerian (!) this year, I tell you, it’s not so bad. 5:21 PM
  • armerjacquino: Music has been cut from operas since opera began, continues to be cut, and always will be cut. You’re satirising the... 5:12 PM
  • aulus agerius: Why stop at updating or resetting operas to make them more relevant or interesting to present day audiences? Why should the... 5:10 PM

Rome invasion

Given that Jonas Kaufmann just canceled half his Met season and Anja Harteros is, well, Anja Harteros, La Cieca thought it would be interesting for us hinterlanders to hear what this duo sounds like when both show up to sing. Read more »

Auto-da-fair

The Salzburg Festival has long had the image of this place where for a little over a month, the very best singers are brought together with the very best conductors and the very best directors to create the very best productions the opera world has to offer. Tickets are notoriously expensive and hard to get. Expectations are thus always extremely high for any Salzburg Festival performance and production. A performance can’t simply be “nice.” It has to be out of this world. A production can’t simply be a solid repertory utility production. It has to be for the ages, such a great production that opera houses all over the world will clamor for that production. In recent years, the Willy Decker Traviata started at Salzburg Festival 2005 and traveled to New York and now is a Met staple. Last year’s big hit was the Herheim Meistersinger.    Read more »

Bean counter

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 »

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That is what fiction means

A bio in need of perhaps a little minor retouching.

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“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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