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  • Quanto Painy Fakor: New FAUST production in Salzburg – UGLY!!!!!!!! 2:04 AM
  • danpatter: I couldn’t agree more. Tucker’s voice was the first tenor voice I listened to and liked. He was on so many... 6:45 PM
  • kennedet: I could be dead wrong but I find it difficult to believe that Battle’s life will ever appear on stage, film or anywhere... 5:14 PM
  • gustave of montreal: Then BOULEVARD SOLITUDE 4:50 PM
  • JohninSeattle: Returns of the day to our favored “playwright, actor, commentator and diseuse”. That said… Oh to have... 3:51 PM
  • Daniel: Arquez, pardonnez-moi̷ 0; 3:33 PM
  • Daniel: It’s unfortunate to read yet another review so focused on soloists’ vocal timbre rather than the overall effect of the... 3:31 PM
  • 98rsd: Levine and the Met Chorus and Orchestra easily outclassed this effort. And the soloists were basically just okay. Any idea why... 2:41 PM

Ott and proud

“Baritone Jarrett Ott (bottom) in Philadelphia, with current boyfriend Adam Franklin (top) who is the Artistic Administrator at The Santa Fe Opera, for performances of Verdi’s La Traviata.” [Operafresh]

Un Ravens kicker, ardendo di geloso furor

Baltimore Ravens place kicker Justin Tucker may or may not be giving up his day job any time soon (apparently “he has missed a career-high seven field goals,” whatever that means), but singing may turn out to be a very nice side gig.  Read more »

Juan and two

I always think of Don Giovanni as half of the greatest opera ever written. Or, actually, about 2/3 of the greatest opera ever written. The first act is a masterpiece of the operatic canon. There’s sex, there’s danger, there’s suspense, there’s humor, and there’s absolutely great music. And there’s also a wonderful sense of ambiguity—for instance, what exactly is Don Giovanni doing in Donna Anna’s bedroom? is it a rape, or something else? Is Zerlina really just a naive young thing? “Batti batti bel Masetto” has such an artificial, coy feel to it that you have your doubts. All of these events converge in the suspenseful Act One finale.   Read more »

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Change of pace

La Cieca has just heard that Joseph Kaiser, due to unforeseen circumstances, will not be able to participate in Sunday’s Voce recital.

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Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

West side, east side

Recently, opera showed up at both Mets, the Metropolitan Opera and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Boys in the Sand

Male fraud

Has Los Angeles Opera mentioned lately that Billy Budd has an all-male cast?

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Bass-barihunk

Richard Bernstein is a very good-looking guy, even with his clothes on.”

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Montag mit Marianne

Our Very Own Marianne Leitmetzerin (pictured) has graciously shared a jewel from her vast coffer of recorded performances, a boon La Cieca hopes will become a regular Monday event here at parterre.

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Beware the abs of March

The pictured Zachary Gordin is only one (or, at most, three) of the plethora of pinups provided by this year’s 2014 Barihunks Charity Calendar, on sale now with all proceeds going to help support young artists and young artist programs.

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A pair of kings

Opera Teen (pictured) approves of this summer’s program at the Glimmerglass Festival.

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