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  • Bill: Goerke was quite good as Iphigenia (Taurus) at the City Opera quite a few years back – the voice is not a gorgeous voice but... 4:18 PM
  • Cicciabella: Thanks for this upload, Jungfer. I hope Gheorghiu was having a bad night, because in both arias she sounds out of breath, the... 3:57 PM
  • Cicciabella: Love reading the exigent S. Jay-Taylor. From his review of the Glyndebourne at the Proms Entführung: ‘Of course, like... 3:16 PM
  • Ilka Saro: Thanks a million for the Michele Molese Hoffmann clip! I saw that Hoffmann on TV when I was 13 or 14, and became nutty for the... 3:13 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: ATTENTION GHEORGHIU FANS: her performance of two Verdi arias at the Grafenegg Festival tonight (29 August)... 2:08 PM
  • zinka: https://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=2vlD 3sK-O8o Are you as abnormal as I am to go NUTS at 3:15 on Magda’s “MUUUUUUU... 1:44 PM
  • DeepSouthSenior: I thought Goerke was excellent as Brünnhilde in Die Walkure at Houston Grand Opera this year. The vocal problems... 1:24 PM
  • manou: I am sorry La C – I did not realize you had uploaded the whole performance. But I am thrilled at the idea that you could be... 1:12 PM

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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