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  • DeepSouthSenior: If The Merry Widow is such a light-as-air, inconsequential bon-bon, then why waste so many... 4:15 PM
  • la vociaccia: I just listened to his Nessun Dorma. To be fair, Simon O’Neill has been “singing&... 4:10 PM
  • la vociaccia: That minute and a half contains better singing than the entirety of the Les Mis film. 4:02 PM
  • Krunoslav: I want to know when they don the Zeffirelli cow costumes. 3:59 PM
  • Cicciabella: Compared to this guy’s Otello, Botha’s Tristan will be a dream. I always enjoy his... 3:58 PM
  • armerjacquino: Three minutes of a dance routine in rehearsal clothes. ‘The worst the Met has ever... 3:56 PM
  • Buster: It looks and sounds provincial, and totally uninspired. I also would have believed Walloon Opera. 3:43 PM
  • basso profundo: I told you he was awful. I sat through a STAGED Otello with him once. truly terrible. Vocally... 3:34 PM
  • quibbleglib: I found Mariotti to be superb in Rigoletto two seasons ago as well. I heard the score in ways... 3:18 PM
  • DeepSouthSenior: Elktra could dance under the mistletoe and collapse from an overdose of eggnog. Driven to... 3:01 PM

Manca la diva

La Cieca has just heard that Angela Gheorghiu has become indisposed after the first act of Tosca at the San Francisco Opera. Reportedly David Gockley has said the soprano is on the way to the hospital to be treated for intestinal flu; meanwhile, Melody Moore is preparing to finish the performance.

Recycled

Katarina Dalayman will sing the role of Brünnhilde in this evening’s performance of Wagner’s Siegfried, replacing Deborah Voigt, who is ill…. Siegfried, conducted by Derrick Inouye…” Read more »

Look around: everywhere you turn is heartache

“On Saturday Monday evening, dashing “infirm” tenor Jonas Kaufmann joins snubs opera’s biggest stars in the opening very expensive, sold-out revival of The Metropolitan Opera’s epic new production of Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle. In honor of his return to absentee status on the New York stage, we revisit Adam Green’s intimate profile of the dynamo “invalid” in the March issue of Vogue.”   Read more »

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La tisi non le accorda che poche rappresentazioni

Here’s something you can hardly call news, because it’s an old story everyone expected to happen anyway.

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La voce d’angela

Jonas Kaufmann is ill.

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Demimonde

La Cieca has just had the news confirmed that Natalie Dessay canceled after Act 1 of La Traviata earlier this evening at the Met.

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Comeback kid

After an absence of seven seasons, tenor Richard Leech will return to the stage of the Met on April 27 as Albert Gregor in The Makropulos Case.

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Recovered girl

Here’s a bit of good news for all you Traviata fans with tickets for tomorrow night’s Met performance or Saturday afternoon’s HD.

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Red dress diaries

La Cieca has just received a complete report from her spy at today’s open dress rehearsal of La traviata at the Met.

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“Lehman’s Syndrome” bewilders medical establishment

From the Met press office: “Jay Hunter Morris will sing the role of Siegfried in Siegfried on April 21 matinee and April 30, 2012, and in Götterdämmerung on May 3, 2012. He replaces Gary Lehman who has withdrawn due to illness.”

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