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  • m. croche: Hi there, Bluevicks: When Dmitri Hvorostovsky starts spouting eccentric political beliefs,... 6:38 PM
  • Bluevicks: God forbid… 6:37 PM
  • Ilka Saro: I was already a fan, after seeing her Adalgisa earlier that week. The recital didn’t... 6:30 PM
  • Clita del Toro: If Hymel is too lyrical for Samson, perhaps they can get Bartoli for Dalila. ;) 6:28 PM
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  • Constantine A. Papas: Hymel is not Vickers. Too lyrical for Samson? 5:57 PM
  • Olivero is my Drug of Choice: Were we all there? I was a freshman at Boston University School of Music in 76... 5:54 PM
  • Camille: Why, how interesting to hear about that—the key she actually sang “Di tanti palpiti” in!... 5:52 PM
  • DeepSouthSenior: Criticism of inexcusable ignorance and “wilful hostility” is well-deserved and... 5:13 PM
  • Camille: Oh my stars, Clita, we may been there in the same night. Did you hear someone “BOO” her... 4:44 PM

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]

Male fraud

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

Bass-barihunk

Richard Bernstein is a very good-looking guy, even with his clothes on.” An interview with the Speedo-sporting singer is the centerpiece of this Spring 1999 issue, along with gossip from La Cieca, a round-the-world revue from Enzo Bordello, a visit by Indiana Loiterer III to the Met’s premiere of Moses und Aron, a Renata Scotto discography by Leila de Lakmé and the evergreen aria parody “Ain’t it a pretty voice?” [Download Issue #36]

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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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Desert fox

Karol Szymanowski’s 1926 King Roger was the sleeper hit of SFO’s season, not so much for its weird, mystical theme and feeble libretto but because the music is powerfully effective.

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Le sigh

Prepare to swoon, cher public, as the Bayerische Staatsopera presents yet another of their hunk-o-rama webcasts, Eugene Onegin, starring Simon Keenlyside and Pavol Breslik.

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