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  • Sanford: Watching the Tucker gala. Beczala sounded awful. Bocelli murdered Edgardo, and Costello looks gorgeous in his double breasted... 9:34 PM
  • Orlando Furioso: When I download it, it’s about an hour and 10 minutes (about half the duration of the opera) and stops in the... 9:32 PM
  • HiggsBoson: The Dover score indicates a middle C and no optional notation for a high C. However, Brunnhilde has written both the high C... 7:46 PM
  • la vociaccia: I don’t think it’s either! Vibrato is far to fluttery on top to be Callas or Fleming and the ‘tutto e... 7:27 PM
  • armerjacquino: Haven’t heard the clip yet but I’m intrigued by the one that’s Fleming or Price or Callas! 6:51 PM
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  • jacobelli: I’m only sure about a few of these. 1. Licia Albanese 2. Magda Olivero 3. Clara Petrella 4. Karita Mattila 5. Mirella... 6:38 PM
  • m. croche: I do wonder whether his next string quartet will include a “safe word”. I was a bit surprised to read that he has... 5:51 PM

Embroidered silk

After having triumphed last month in Paris in Stéphane Braunschweig’s new Norma at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Maria Agresta began 2016 more modestly. For her American stage debut, the Italian soprano knocked on Rodolfo’s door as Mimi in the 458th performance of Franco Zeffirelli’s outsized production of Puccini’s La Bohème at the Metropolitan Opera, Her delicately-acted, sumptuously-sung seamstress transformed what might have been just an average Wednesday night revival into something finer.   Read more »

Thank you for smoking

I’ve found myself at a number of Carmen productions over the last 18 months (a Jonas Kaufmann-less Saturday matinee at the Met last spring, a Wolf Trap young artist production, and, most recently, a minimal chorus-less outing in Atlantic City which turned on an affair between Carmen and Micaela), and besides putting me over the annual advisable quota for any particular warhorse, it has given me some time to ponder the current state of the Carmen enterprise.   Read more »

Fou fighter

It is easy to become overly identified with opera—as a cleverer friend of mine once noted: being a sports fan is an interest, but if you like opera, everyone thinks of it as a crippling obsession. Les Troyens doesn’t help matters; “I’m going to a four hour opera,” you tell someone, trying to convey the magnitude of Troyens, but somehow it seems not to hint at the right degree of lunacy, so the next time, you include intermissions and say “I’m going to a five hour opera” and up and up it goes until you admit, between puffs on your gauloise, that everyone was right and you must be tres fou.   Read more »

Huguenots

Protestant movement

La Cieca is sure that Meyerbeer fanatics will be delighted to hear that the Royal Opera House Covent Garden is preparing a new staging of Les Huguenots.

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Fresh princes

Imagine two tenors releasing French opera aria collections at the same time without duplicating a single track!

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Anna Bolena

Let’s make it regal

Having heard a bit of the opening night broadcast and read some decidedly mixed reviews, I was totally unprepared for the remarkable performance of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena that I attended on December 15 at Chicago Lyric Opera.

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Snow business

Every year I say I’m not going to another La Bohème because I’ve seen this too many times.

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Coeurs amoureux

La Cieca hears that the Met’s opening night of the 2018-2019 season will be a new production of Samson et Dalila featuring Bryan Hymel and Elina Garanca.

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The Met: What is to be done?

Coming as Peter Gelb did from the music industry, opera lovers hoped that he would display a more distinctive knack for casting and an improved talent pipeline than Joe Volpe offered during the waning years of his tenure.

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B. F. deal

Tenors Bryan Hymel (pictured) and Joseph Calleja redeem otherwise routine Puccini revivals at the Met, says Our Own JJ in the New York Observer.

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