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  • fletcher: Yes, pretty dire. The details are . Casting is a mixed bag: Norma is Angela Meade with Jamie... 5:56 PM
  • MontyNostry: I’m a slightly dissenting voice on Yoncheva. I think she’s good, but, as yet, I... 5:47 PM
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  • MontyNostry: Have you ever watched this Hungarian production, set in a cinema, as far as I can tell? Rather... 5:39 PM
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  • Poison Ivy: I am so dismayed by yet more discussion of peoples’ favorite operatic voices. This kind of... 5:37 PM
  • armerjacquino: This is a pretty wonderful performance, which I listened to a lot when I got the (free!) CD. I... 5:36 PM
  • armerjacquino: Troyanos was pretty special too, at least in the Boulez recording- I don’t know if she... 5:30 PM

The showgirl must go on

Last night’s complete concert version of Die Csárdásfürstin from Dresden is viewable, after the jump. Read more »

The seven percent solution

Anna NetrebkoYou figured it out a fortnight ago, cher public: “The Metropolitan Opera… said Wednesday that it was also asking its solo singers voluntarily to lower their fees, including some of opera’s biggest stars.” [New York Times]

Flame war

The role debut of a world-class singer is always a time of great anticipation, hopefully to be followed by celebration, if not unbridled jubilation. When two world-class singers premiere roles on the same night an operatic apoplexy is not unknown amongst the devoted. The theater’s infirmary stockpiles tranquilizers and the bar enjoys a brisk trade in all manner of festive libations. Now, gently fold into this mix one of the world’s greatest conductors who hitherto hasn’t shown much love to the Italian wing and then a stage director with a touch for the deranged and all bets are off.   Read more »

Anna Netrebko

First of the last

An early preview of the new Netrebko/Barneboim/Strauss CD, including Anna’s first performance of the “Vier letzte Lieder.”

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New Rock

A page right out of history

“This is obviously a difficult situation. But who knows Hans New Rock, knows his cool and objective aesthetic decision.”

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Anna and Cowboys

Gay cowboys rejoice!

During the Munich Opera Festival performances of Giacomo Puccini’s Manon Lescaut (28th and 31st of July 2015) Kristine Opolais will replace Anna Netrebko in the title role.

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Macbeth

Ricevete la mercè de’vostri onori

Join the party, cher public, for the free web broadcast of Macbeth tonight starting at 7:15. Of course, La Casa della Cieca will be buzzing!

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The Letter

Day of victory

That miracle of the internet age, the slow leak, has begun.

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Lohengrin

Seligsten Paar

Maestro Christian Thielemann has made his choice for Lohengrin casting in Dresden and, later, Bayreuth: “Anna Netrebko als Elsa und Piotr Beczala in der Titelpartie.”

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Anna_Norma

“It’s scary, but what can you do?”

“Ms. Netrebko, 43, spoke about her willingness to take risks…”

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