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  • Feldmarschallin: Yoncheva is Bulgarian not Russian. Some of her fellow countrymen are Welitsch, Tomowa-Sintow and Christoff. In her... 7:00 AM
  • NPW-Paris: Would anyone really be drawn to an opera just because there were singers of their own nationality in it? 6:52 AM
  • Rowna: Thank you Batty! I loved the song, and could even understand a bit, with a reference to Tristan in there. Of course this kind of... 6:42 AM
  • manou: Hello Ciccia – many thanks for that. We shall have Netrebko, Tézier and Alvarez. It does look pretty precarious, I must say... 4:27 AM
  • Cicciabella: OT, but manou, this is for you, the DNO Trovatore trailer, by Alex of the Fura, the production you will see in Paris. A... 3:34 AM
  • Timur de Morte: Your statement about Russian singers is quite unfair to, among others, Olga Borodina, Ekaterina Semanchuk, Sonya... 11:57 PM
  • Camille: Oops sorry. I got so excited I sent this twice. Can’t wait to read it! Un bacio ancora! Un’altra!! 11:28 PM
  • LT: Christians do not follow any dietary (or dress, lifestyle, etc)rules as those were “cancelled&# 8221; by Jesus and the New... 11:17 PM

“What gets me…!”

It is one of the most basic truths of the gay male experience that any life situation imaginable can be summed up with a line from All About Eve. And, as you see from the headline above, that’s how La Cieca (pictured, artist’s conception) is reacting to this utter balderdash about James Levine‘s cancellation of Lulu at the Met.   Read more »

Phases of the moon

Dmitri Hvorostovsky has withdrawn from three performances of Verdi’s Il Trovatore at the Met this season, on October 7, 10, and 17. Hvorostovsky, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in June, will sing the opening performances of the opera at the Met as scheduled (September 25 and 29, and October 3 matinee), then return to London for continued treatment.” So says the Met’s press department. But wait, there’s more!   Read more »

Hunch confirmed

George Gagnidze and Zeljko Lucic will share the title role of Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Met this fall, replacing Simon Keenlyside, who is taking a necessary period of vocal rest for much of the year and temporarily removing the role of Rigoletto from his repertoire. Gagnidze will sing the first seven performances of the opera, while Lucic—already scheduled to sing the December performances of the run—will also sing Rigoletto on November 13, 16, and 19.” So says the Met’s press office.   Read more »


Out of the frying pan

Met press office: Salvatore Cordella will sing Edgardo in this evening’s performance of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, replacing Joseph Calleja, who is ill.

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Spring can really hang you up the most

Zeljko Lucic has withdrawn from his spring Met engagements due to illness.

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Where in the world

Where in the world is Cecilia Bartoli?

“Famed mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli has canceled her California tour, including performances March 31 and April 2 at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall.”

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Non son io, mio Carlo

“Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Luca Salsi will sing the role of Rodrigo in this season’s performances of Verdi’s Don Carlo, replacing Simon Keenlyside, who has withdrawn from the run due to illness.” So says the Met’s press department.

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Ah, con tal morbo ogni speranza è morta

Ludovic Tézier is continuing to recover from an illness.

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Screwing the Puccini

Sonya Yoncheva will sing her first-ever staged performances of Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème at the Met on November 14, 20, 24, 28, December 1 and 5, replacing Kristine Opolais.

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One more into the breeches

“Norwegian mezzo-soprano Ingeborg Gillebo will make her Met debut singing the role of Cherubino in this evening’s performance of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, replacing Isabel Leonard, who is ill.”

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