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  • mirywi: Stevey: I enjoyed the Destinn recording. Thanks for posting it! 9:57 PM
  • antikitschychick: Nice! Haven’t heard her in that role but think it will be a treat to hear a French... 9:49 PM
  • Lohenfal: Future Met Wiki lists Sophie Koch for 2016-17 in, of all things, Carmen. No mention is made of her... 9:41 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Over the years I have noticed that the recent crop of singers don’t really know how... 9:28 PM
  • antikitschychick: How wonderful Lohenfal. Glad to hear it was just as riveting in the house. Agree about the... 8:50 PM
  • Milady DeWinter: I tell you DellaCasa and Peter, I was conflicted about #16 earlier on in the process, but... 7:48 PM
  • Lohenfal: Anti, I was at the Nov. 1 performance, which you saw on video. The Eyre production works very well... 7:40 PM
  • semira mide: Nothing like a re-post to make it work. Oops. 7:26 PM
  • semira mide: Sorry, that didn’t work. I’ll post the link again. https://www.you... 7:26 PM
  • semira mide: I totally agree about Nelly , Zinka. Coloraturafan posted this clip with Nelly, which I think is... 7:25 PM

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 »

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. Julia Bullock will still be performing, joined by baritone Andrew Garland (pictured) and tenor Paul Appleby. (Photo: Ann Stucki)

West side, east side

Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera“Broadly speaking, there are two types of New Yorkers: the ones who say ‘I’m going to the Met’ meaning ‘I’m going to see an opera’ and the ones to whom the phrase means ‘I’m finally going to see those Piero della Francescas everyone has been talking about.’  Recently, though, opera showed up at both Mets, the Metropolitan Opera and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.” [New York Observer]

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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Leather underground

Putting in a little face time (and what faces!) at Charles Castronovo‘s cabaret at 54 Below last night were barihunk trifecta Erwin Schrott, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ildar Abdrazakov.

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Zachary Gordin

Opera pump

Happy birthday to baritone Zachary Gordin, cover boy for this year’s Barihunk Wall Calendar.

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