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  • manou: This is mostly for Lady Abbado (hoping that she speaks Italian): https://soundcloud .com/radioclass... 11:07 AM
  • spiderman: Yes, DonCarloFanatic, chairs are a EUROPEAN thing … that’s why you still have to sit... 10:48 AM
  • DonCarloFanatic: Oh, no. Chairs AGAIN??! It’s a European thing, and I also do not understand why it... 10:36 AM
  • aulus agerius: I did not notice Cav being dark. However, The Paramount Theater makes a big deal of the fact... 9:32 AM
  • aulus agerius: I thought having Canio sing his aria in front of the curtain was an echo of Tonio singing the... 9:09 AM
  • overstimmelated: Her top has sounded like that on broadcasts for years, splintered and often with no pitch or... 8:21 AM
  • Will: I was at the MET for Cav/Pag and thought the former was a truly gripping, magnificent production. The... 7:07 AM
  • Ilka Saro: I was also at the HD presentation yesterday (at the Ziegfeld in NYC, just down the street from the... 6:55 AM
  • -Ed.: I quite liked the Cav/Pag HD broadcast yesterday. The productions, the singing, the chorus, the... 6:17 AM
  • danpatter: I loved Italo Tajo’s singing. I only got to see him a few times, as Don Pasquale in... 12:03 AM

French tips

Valerian Ruminksi (not pictured), that bass-baritone who shot off his mouth all over Facebook about a drag queen’s manicure and got fired from a prestigious gig with Opera Lyra—remember him? Well, he joins Anne Midgette and Michelle Paul (director of product development at Patron Technology) to chat with WQXR‘s Naomi Lewin to muse about online oversharing. (Hint: they’re mostly against it.) Listen after the jump. Read more »

Talking headspace

Our Own JJ (pictured) joins in the debate over the Düsseldorf Tannhäuser with Anne Midgette and John Berry on WQXR’s Conducting Business podcast. Read more »

She said, he said

So Placido Domingo was all like, “Oh, that Anne Midgette is just a mean girl and she is SO JELLUS,” and then Anne was like, “Actually, nuh-uh, maestro, I’m so not.”

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You, Midgette

Adroit, awesome, autononomous Anne Midgette nominates her Top 10 Classical and Opera Releases of 2010 over at Soundcheck, and, La Cieca thinks to herself, why should Anne have all the fun? What are your favorite opera CDs and DVDs of the year, cher public? (Here are a few reviews to jog your memory.)

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Domingo ankles DC

Placido Domingo will not renew his Washington National Opera contract when it expires in June 2011. Anne Midgette has the story! [Washington Post]

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Peter’s principles

Once again it takes an out-of-towner to write sensibly about Peter Gelb and the Met, though the “out of town” here refers only to geography: Anne Midgette is at heart and soul a New York newshen. [The Classical Beat]

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Microbrow

“I agree that Gelb has had problems actually identifying what’s going to make a successful production. But I submit that the real problem is exactly the same problem the Met had under Gelb’s predecessor, Joe Volpe: not that the company engages unusual directors, but that it doesn’t let them actually do what they’re good at. Gelb seems to me to have the same micromanaging side that Volpe did: the side that would see something unusual in a new production, get nervous about it, and try to rein it in.” [The Classical Beat]

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Someday their prince won’t come

According to Anne Midgette, baritone Carlos Alvarez has withdrawn from Washington National Opera’s production of Hamlet, to be replaced by Michael Chioldi and Liam Bonner, with their individual dates TBA. [The Classical Beat]

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Gone in 60 Seconds

“Why can’t a general director with the fame, charm and ability of Domingo roll up his sleeves and work to realize his vision, rather than distancing himself from the results? The answer: because he isn’t actually there, running the company. He’s conducting Stiffelio, or singing Simone Boccanegra, or trying to keep up with his other company, the Los Angeles Opera (with equally dicey results) instead.”  

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Motionless on my throne

Thrill to double-barreled diva excitement as that most regal of Kennedy Center honorees Grace Bumbry converses with always awesome Anne Midgette! [Washington Post]

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