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  • Bill: Goerke was quite good as Iphigenia (Taurus) at the City Opera quite a few years back – the voice is not a gorgeous voice but... 4:18 PM
  • Cicciabella: Thanks for this upload, Jungfer. I hope Gheorghiu was having a bad night, because in both arias she sounds out of breath, the... 3:57 PM
  • Cicciabella: Love reading the exigent S. Jay-Taylor. From his review of the Glyndebourne at the Proms Entführung: ‘Of course, like... 3:16 PM
  • Ilka Saro: Thanks a million for the Michele Molese Hoffmann clip! I saw that Hoffmann on TV when I was 13 or 14, and became nutty for the... 3:13 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: ATTENTION GHEORGHIU FANS: her performance of two Verdi arias at the Grafenegg Festival tonight (29 August)... 2:08 PM
  • zinka: https://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=2vlD 3sK-O8o Are you as abnormal as I am to go NUTS at 3:15 on Magda’s “MUUUUUUU... 1:44 PM
  • DeepSouthSenior: I thought Goerke was excellent as Brünnhilde in Die Walkure at Houston Grand Opera this year. The vocal problems... 1:24 PM
  • manou: I am sorry La C – I did not realize you had uploaded the whole performance. But I am thrilled at the idea that you could be... 1:12 PM

Stella di Gowanus

Joyce DiDonato will launch her new “Stella di Napoli” CD with a intime performance in partership with LoftOpera at the Gowanus Ballroom in Brooklyn. The event will include selections from the disc as well as a preview of the company’s impending production of Il barbiere di Siviglia. Details on tickets and such are all on the LoftOpera website.

Wang Center

The immortal Mae West, celebrated for her Dalila, had a curtain speech she recited following performances of her play Catherine Was Great: “I’m glad you like my Catherine. I like her too. She ruled thirty million people and had three thousand lovers. I do the best I can in two and a half hours.” Now it seems the NYCO’s Duchess of Argyll will have to make do with a mere 25 lovers  in the company’s production of Powder Her Face—instead of the originally planned 88. The reason: the stage at BAM is too intime to accomodate that many naked men. [Daily Mail]

Opera with a whiskey back

ogbbanner09On Friday, April 16th, American Opera Projects and Opera on Tap presented a triple bill of new works at Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO, including what is essentially a pastiche, a collection of songs, and a one act opera. There were highs, there were lows; there was booze and opera in the same room. I cannot say I witnessed history that night, but I had a good time, and isn’t that really what it’s all about?  Read more »