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  • mrsjohnclaggart: Porgy I must own to some annoyance you. You asked me about the Thielemann and Sinopoli Fanciualas last week and I wept... 10:11 PM
  • Amnerees: I last heard Bonisolli in a 1987 Covent Garden Turandot with Gwyneth Jones. He acquitted himself very well. The performance was... 9:59 PM
  • antikitschychick: This was awesome; thanks for sharing it Ed! Can’t believe there isn’t a full video of any of her Normas.... 9:28 PM
  • Benedetta Funghi-Trifolati: The first time I saw Bonisolli (early 1970s) he was Almaviva in BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA! His repertoire then was... 9:27 PM
  • williams: …not to mention whether to use head or chest. 8:21 PM
  • Porgy Amor: I was just reading some classic (giggly) Caballé vocal pedagogy in a Telegraph piece from the ’90s. Excerpt: “When... 8:19 PM
  • -Ed.: and seeing a great regie production of an old favorite is like having your lover surprise you with a new sexual position. You know... 8:18 PM
  • -Ed.: Video snippet of Callas rehearsing Norma in 1964. New to me, looks professionally done. httpv:// com/watch?v=8X1lT5 Lb8-M 8:14 PM

Everybody rise! Rise! Rise!

Irina Lungu and Sonya YonchevaSays the Met press office: “Two rising young sopranos will make their Met debuts earlier than originally scheduled when they share the role of Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto later this fall, replacing Aleksandra Kurzak, who has withdrawn due to pregnancy. Russian soprano Irina Lungu will sing the role on November 11, 15, and 18, and Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva will sing the role on November 21, 27, 30, December 4, and at the December 7 matinee. Kurzak is expecting a baby this winter with her partner, tenor Roberto Alagna.”   Read more »

We all lead such elaborate lives

“LA SCALA DE MILAN propose à Roberto une nouvelle production d’AIDA sous la Direction de Lorin MAAZEL ainsi qu’une nouvelle collaboration pour le futur. Roberto doit-il y retourner? Donnez votre avis.” [Facebook]

Soon their duet will become a trio

La Cieca hears that congratulations are in order to Aleksandra Kurzak and Roberto Alagna, who are expecting their first baby in February.


Donc, c’est ce qu’elle appelle “faire la connaissance de Mme Haines”

Some interesting programming in Avignon next season.

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Teen spirit

La Cieca thought it would be amusing to do a bit of speculation about what’s to come as we approach the middle of the decade.

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Come un bel dì di gennaio

I’ve always had a certain affection for Roberto Alagna.

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I am missing the winter now

One quick way to warm up: Watching tenor heartthrob Roberto Alagna.

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Wingless victory

Of particular visual interest in last weekend’s Lohengrin (though not perhaps so tantalizing as Jonas Kaufmann‘s aristocratic bare feet, pictured above) is the very obvious change in the staging that was made between the antegenerale (in which Anja Harteros sang Elsa) and the telecast opening night.

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Who has more justification to wear a wifebeater?

Half full

Opera Orchestra of New York has announced their 2012-2013 season of only two performances.

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Our retrospection will now be all to the future

La Cieca predicts you won’t be seeing any puritans at the Met next season, except of course for the ones who slouch around during intermission hissing, “You call that a trill?”

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