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  • LT: She already sang the 4 roles in Hoffmann (inc. Antonia) a few years ago. 3:52 PM
  • antikitschychick: Well DellaCasaFan, according to the Future Met Wiki, Jonas Kaufmann and Marcelo Alvarez are slated to sing Cavarodossi... 3:33 PM
  • LT: Remember that even Devia with her modest volume sings Norma, quite successfully at that. It’s not Turandot, after all. 3:08 PM
  • DellaCasaFan: Netrebko’s Tosca is the best part, I agree, but also hope it would not mean Mr. Netrebko will be her future Mario as... 2:58 PM
  • antikitschychick: p.s. brilliant headline by La Cieca as usual! and p.p.s am so glad to hear Pollione in the Met’s Norma will be... 2:43 PM
  • manou: Thank goodness we have antik to teach us antiques “the new small talk” (as Higgins says in Pygmalion). 2:43 PM
  • antikitschychick: Yes those Toscas will certainly be “an event” Kash and I’m sure you’ll enjoy AN in the title... 2:36 PM
  • Chenier631: Interesting turn of events to be sure. I am excited that SRad will be doing the new Norma here in NY. Her previous... 1:59 PM

“The first thing a Cry-Baby girl learns: our bazooms are our weapons!”

glass harmonica“It started out as something of a dinner party crowd-pleaser.” [Royal Opera House]

Hooterdämmerung?

“It’s no surprise Kim Kardashian likes to dress as if she’s going to the opera each day.” [Daily Star]

Hooterdämmerung

Is there anything more essentially operatic than the suffering of women? Degraded by men, oppressed by society, killed by improbable plot contrivances, the women of opera suffer endlessly for our amusement.   Read more »

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Carry on Cleo

Natalie Dessay coyly bares a breast on the cover of Virgin Classics’ new Giulio Cesare.

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Boom and bust

Just for you girls, Betsy turns her headlights on a nice handful of operas that will no doubt prove to be bags of fun.

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“Dispettosetto questo riccio!”

La Cieca supposes that maybe the reason Angela Gheorghiu doesn’t include any music from Manon Lescaut on her new “Homage to Callas” CD is that she can’t quite identify with the character?

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The mystery of the disappearing dress

Three Juliettes, three different seasons of the Met’s Roméo et Juliette: Natalie Dessay in 2005, Anna Netrebko in 2007, Hei-Kyung Hong in 2011. At this rate, La Cieca predicts that the role will be performed in the nude sometime around 2025. (Photos: Dessay and Hong by Marty Sohl, Netrebko by Ken Howard.)

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‘Twixt the cups and the lip

Above is a preliminary PR photo of Eva-Maria Westbroek in the “biggest than life” titular role of the Mark-Anthony Turnage/Richard Thomas bio-opera Anna Nicole, set to open tonight at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. But without the benefit of Photoshop and artful lighting, what do Westbroek and Anna Nicole really look like?

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Guessing game

You can stop all your wondering about who will play Anna Nicole Smith in the eponymous oeuvre by Mark-Anthony Turnage (The Silver Tassie) and Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer: the Opera), scheduled for a premiere at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden in February 2011. It’s Eva-Maria Westbroek, seen here in the (ahem) Titelpartie of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.

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Guardians of the flame

Renée Fleming and Dmitri Hvorostovsky offer an object lesson in the traditional old school performance practice of “lurch and flail” operatic acting.

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