Cher Public

  • antikitschychick: P.S. happy birthday Joyce! 6:34 PM
  • antikitschychick: It seems parterre crashed this afternoon shortly after the Trovatore brodcast ended and I haven’t been able to... 6:32 PM
  • Porgy Amor: There’s a new Michael Cooper piece up on the Levine situation. http://tiny.cc/7of 48x 3:55 PM
  • liza: Strong conclusion. And an enthusiastic audience. 3:54 PM
  • perfidia: Well, Verdi wanted to call the opera “La Zingara.” 3:53 PM
  • armerjacquino: I have a recording of Dalis as Azucena where she definitely sings ‘Deh, rallentate’ in chest. Well, I say... 3:52 PM
  • antikitschychick: OMG who is this Luis from Havana, Cuba?? :-P 3:52 PM
  • antikitschychick: Brava Dolora. Tepid applause. 3:51 PM

“Let her go!”

La Cieca hears that Lyric Opera of Chicago is so confident about the success of their impending world premiere of the opera Bel Canto that the company has already commissioned a sequel from the same creative team. In this new work, entitled Can Belto, a group of terrorists kidnap Broadway diva Idina Menzel. Says Lyric’s creative consultant Renée Fleming, “This is a more lighthearted piece, suggested by the classic O. Henry tale “The Ransom of Red Chief.”

On the origin of speechless

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And I am telling you I am not belting

Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe

“Since the 1918 premiere of Puccini’s Il Trittico, only two divas at the Met dared to sing the leading roles in all three of its one-act operas: Renata Scotto, a supreme vocal stylist, and Teresa Stratas, a magnetic singing actress. On Friday, Patricia Racette, who is not quite either of these things, took the plunge.” [NY Post]