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  • aulus agerius: I am currently rereading The Count of Monte Cristo for a book group. It remains probably the best book I’ve ever... 12:06 PM
  • kashania: I’d never heard the Berganza recording. Beautiful, sensitive stuff, if a bit too precious on the climactic... 12:04 PM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: I was actually at this concert, having just started a contract in Brussels. How lovely to have the opportunity to hear... 12:02 PM
  • kashania: Her speaking voice may sound like she’s a Brit, but… I’ve always loved the hushed the delivery on... 11:54 AM
  • Camille: I walked after “Sogno talor” and il Consorte discovered her in her illicit Freudian dream state. By then, I was... 11:48 AM
  • phoenix: ‘No reason for the changes are given.’ Could Algana have wanted to keep it all in the family? – If I’m... 11:40 AM
  • Camille: No sir, I was scoping out the cutie during the first half. As is my custom, I WALKED. I walked up to the MET where I watched... 11:38 AM
  • Camille: There is a fun chapter from The Count of Monte Cristo involving the opera Parisina d’Este, situated at the Teatro... 11:30 AM

Screwing the Puccini

Sonya Yoncheva will sing her first-ever staged performances of Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème at the Met on November 14, 20, 24, 28, December 1 and 5, replacing Kristine Opolais. The Met has released Opolais from her contract so that she may sing the title role in a new production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. Opolais will replace Anna Netrebko, who has withdrawn from that production for artistic reasons. In January, Opolais will return to the Met to sing the final three of her originally scheduled performances of Mimì (January 15, 19, and 24).” So says the Met press office.

A multiplicity of mezzos

Wonder no more! Says the Met press office, “Elina Garanca has withdrawn from her 2013-14 Met engagements because she is pregnant with her second child, who is due this winter. Garanca was originally scheduled to sing Octavian in three performances of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier and Charlotte in a new production of Massenet’s Werther. Two star mezzo-sopranos will replace her in these performances: Alice Coote in Der Rosenkavalier and Sophie Koch, making her Met debut, in Werther.Read more »

La Cieca reports; the cher public decides

Sean Michael Gross, Director of Marketing and Special Projects for 21C Media Group, who is in charge of public and press relations (in North America) for Anna Netrebko, has informed La Cieca that the rumor-magnet diva “‘is not pregnant.”

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Jane heir

Now that it’s more or less official that Elina Garanca is dropping out of the Met’s production of Anna Bolena, it’s obviously up to you, the cher public, to decide who should inherit the role. In interest of gathering the broadest range of opinion on this crucial subject, a poll follows the jump.

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