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  • armerjacquino: +1 to kash. 7:09 PM
  • JohninSeattle: Having prepared dozens and dozens on of year end financial statements, preparing work papers for independent... 7:02 PM
  • antikitschychick: Interesting that she turned down Norma. If she is best at tragic roles, I should think Norma would be a great role for... 6:30 PM
  • Signor Bruschino: “This is Chicago, kid. You can’t beat fresh blood on the walls.” 5:57 PM
  • phoenix: Thanks Camille – I didn’t even know about this, but it’s not likely I would have sought out Viorica Ursuleac on... 5:55 PM
  • Henry Holland: Happy birthday to Hans Werner Henze, composer of one of my favorite operas, The Bassarids: : httpv://www.you... 5:27 PM
  • phoenix: You are kidding? I didn’t even know about that – and I certainly should have. 5:23 PM
  • phoenix: Speaking of a large auditorium, are they doing Daphne at Avery Fisher? It is large but what beautiful acoustics last time I went... 5:06 PM

Free Anna

Bel canto fanciers, diva fanatics and freebie queens alike will be delighted to hear that the Met is offering 2,500 gratis tickets to the September 22 open dress rehearsal of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, starring Anna Netrebko in the title role. Read more »

And the Pubies go to…

At long last, the most closely guarded secret of 2011 (besides, you know, everything about what’s going to happen to City Opera) is about to be revealed. Ladies and public, the Second Annual Parterre Cher Public Choice Awards! Read more »

Jane heir

Now that it’s more or less official that Elina Garanca is dropping out of the Met’s production of Anna Bolena, it’s obviously up to you, the cher public, to decide who should inherit the role.

In interest of gathering the broadest range of opinion on this crucial subject, a poll follows the jump. Read more »

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Jail bird

A quick clip from today’s telecast of Anna Bolena; unfortunately the sound is slightly out of synch and the stage director is more than slightly “Kulturbanause.” But, still: Anna!  

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Below the belt

Three of the Met’s most cunning vocalists, Juan Diego Flórez, Joyce DiDonato and Diana Damrau, wrap their tongues around the trio from Le Comte Ory.  

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Don’t ask, do “Tell”

Repertory for “Bel Canto at Caramoor” 2011: H.M.S. Pinafore and Guillaume Tell. 

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Throne for a loss

As we all already know (those of us addicted to Brad Wilber‘s Met Futures, and who among us is not?) the Metropolitan Opera already has plans to produce two operas of Donizetti’s so-called “Tudor Trilogy.”  Anna Bolena opens the 2011-2012 season featuring Anna Netrebko (left) and Maria Stuarda follows on the following season starring Joyce DiDonato, and isn’t La Cieca clever to find photos of these two artists in garb suggesting these as-yet unsung heroines?

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Critical addition

Very few things intrigue me as much as analyzing belcanto operas, comparing their several versions and examining the composers’ second thoughts, modifications and revisions that, willingly or unwillingly, they made to their scores. I was already salivating when I heard that the Teatro Comunale di Bologna was going to perform Vincenzo Bellini’s I Puritani in the new critical edition by Fabrizio Della Seta.  DECCA, which has released this DVD documenting the 2009 Bologna performances, reports on its cover that this Puritani follows the above-mentioned critical edition, but unfortunately it is not telling the whole truth.

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Happy Birthday Vincenzo Bellini

Were the Swan of Catania as immortal as his melodies, he would be would be 209 years old today! Admirers of the “King of Cantilena” are invited to follow La Cieca’s example and post YouTube clips of favorite Bellini morceaux. 

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Why does it seem so inviting?

“After a sketchy start to the season, the Met hit its stride on Friday with a revival of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale that’s as crisp as autumn in New York.” [New York Post] (Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

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