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  • LT: An idea for a regie Nozze – set it in the Clinton household. 6:41 PM
  • grimoaldo: https://www.thegua rdian.com/culture/ 2016/jul/27/edinbu rgh-festival-offer s-refunds-for-cont roversial-opera-be fore-opening... 6:38 PM
  • lastcastrato: Indeed. Domenico Mustafa, castrato (1829-1912) was considered for the role of Klingsor by Wagner himself. 6:16 PM
  • Patrick Mack: Thank You Milly, I still can’t believe that review and I’ve read it twice. Not that I’m not a fan of that... 6:10 PM
  • Milly Grazie: FYI before anyone pitches in… I do realize that the video I sent link of is NOT a clip from the Hollywood Bowl Tosca,... 5:49 PM
  • Milly Grazie: Just looked at the short clip here – www.hollywoodbowl. com/tickets/tosca/ 2016-07-24 Embarrassing! Scarpia wandering... 5:41 PM
  • bronzino: The role of Klingsor is such a lost opportunity– with his particular ‘amputation& #8217;, would not this have been a... 5:02 PM
  • PCally: Grummer is even better on that recording than the studio as well. 5:01 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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