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  • Camille: You are most welcome, sir. It is as G-d and the great Maestro Verdi intended this beautiful aria to... 6:05 PM
  • kekszakallu: The thing I, as an infant, remember about the Davy Crockett song is a classmate asking me... 5:55 PM
  • zinka: Excuse me..Zinka HAD a black eye…Two separate sources said she did more than just... 4:49 PM
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  • zinka: Last night I thought of Warren,MacNeil,etc ..in the Ernani aria…I am so sorry all those years... 4:42 PM
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  • Niel Rishoi: I heard her incipient problems from the beginning. Gunned vibrato, a voice that is not properly... 4:37 PM
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  • La Cieca: Well, Rasponi could never be accused of pot-stirring, that’s for sure. 4:12 PM
  • Gualtier M: It was over 50 years ago and in Italy, in Italian. It is mentioned in the Lanfranco Rasponi... 3:55 PM

Sight reading

Which American opera diva’s next starring project will be an appearance as Florence Foster Jenkins in a film about that earlier American diva’s life and times?

And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind

Why would it be crazy for you to believe that recent rumor? Is it because the gentleman in question is already enjoying a happy preview of his next romantic relationship?

The seven percent solution

Anna NetrebkoYou figured it out a fortnight ago, cher public: “The Metropolitan Opera… said Wednesday that it was also asking its solo singers voluntarily to lower their fees, including some of opera’s biggest stars.” [New York Times]

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What’s seen cannot be unseen

Which Met superstar—who’s no stranger to blind items this season—is the first to accede to the Met’s suggestion of a fee reduction of 7% for principal artists in upcoming seasons?

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Blind arrogance

Which rat-faced former elected official—who has been coasting (and profiting) off the one good week he had 14 years ago ever since then—is now about to stick his notoriously art-hating snout into Monday night’s anti-Klinghoffer demonstrations?

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Miss Schaefer, you must forgive me for calling you so late, but I really feel it's my duty

Blind jealousy

Which highly respected opera professional has been making a lot of childish scenes lately (even devising a fake identity on parterre.com!) in order to sow discord between two ex-clients?

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Blind meaning

A little bird from the meadow tells La Cieca that there will be a significant cast change announced soon for one of the Met’s 2014 productions.

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Boy wonder

Which clean-shaven young tenor must be feeling full of beans to hear he is the winner of this year’s Richard Tucker award?

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Do my eyes deceive me?

Which artist who very recently won acclaim at the Met will return to that theater very soon to provide an unexpected “bright” spot in a much-anticpated revival this spring?

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I just don’t see it

Which soprano, whose lovely voice and charming stage presence should make her worth her weight in gold, is not being asked back to an opera company where she’s had great success?

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