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  • cgambol: The first thing I listen/look for in a Puritani performance is the man playing Riccardo. If a... 2:58 AM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: I’m not well-versed for writing reviews. The thumbs systems works best for me... 2:42 AM
  • La Cieca: Why don’t you go ahead and post your reviews of these future roles now? 2:36 AM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: Ugh. DiDonato and her dreams of big diva roles. She already underwhelmed as Stuarda.... 2:07 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Alex Exposito told me that he, Brownlee and Di Donato will be singing Semiramide at the BSO.... 1:36 AM
  • Buster: One of the things I remember from Maria Stader’s autobiography is that she sang the second... 1:29 AM
  • irontongue: Camerena seems charming and has a good voice, but whoa, a lot of aspirating in there! 1:28 AM
  • Poison Ivy: I saw this again on TCM and it was so beautiful to watch, as always. The scene with Judy making... 1:16 AM
  • williams: “…But in a lucky break for both singer and audience, on April 3 the company announced... 12:58 AM
  • m. croche: “as close to a rock star as the Met has produced from its male roster this season,” Oy. 12:50 AM

Wir arme Leut

Here’s the official announcement as of 2:10 PM: “Matthias Goerne is stepping into the title role in tonight’s opening night performance of Berg’s Wozzeck, replacing Thomas Hampson, who has withdrawn due to illness.” Wait, there’s more! Read more »

Maid in Manhattan

Jane Archibald will sing the role of Adele in all 14 performances of the new production of Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus at the Met this season. Christine Schäfer, originally scheduled to sing the first six performances of the opera, is ill and unable to travel to the Met for rehearsals. Archibald was originally scheduled to sing the final eight performances of the run.”  So says the Met press office.

Slow curtain

La Cieca notices that Deborah Voigt‘s engagement as Leonore in Fidelio at Liège has quietly disappeared from her calendar while the l’Opéra Royal de Wallonie now specifies Jennifer Wilson in the title role. The Beethoven was the only remaining opera engagement for Voigt between spring 2013 (the Ring at the Met) and spring 2014 (Wozzeck in the same venue).

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A multiplicity of mezzos

Wonder no more! Says the Met press office, “Elina Garanca has withdrawn from her 2013-14 Met engagements because she is pregnant with her second child, who is due this winter.”

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Season of no witch

Deborah Voigt, “unfortunately ill,” will not sing her first Ortrud this Sunday at the Festival de Lanaudière. According to the festival’s press office, a replacement will be named later today.

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She’s Tyred

Elizabeth Bishop will sing Didon today at the Met, replacing an ailing Susan Graham.

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In the details

The saga of the Royal Opera’s production of Robert le Diable, infinitely more melodramatic than the plot of the opera proper, continues.

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It is what she would have wanted

Due to wellness, it is with deep contentedness that Marina Poplavskaya will after all sing the role of Alice in Robert le Diable.

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He, Avgust! Bringt mir unser Sänger her!

Avgust Amonov will make his Met debut in the title role of tomorrow evening’s performance of Verdi’s Otello, replacing Johan Botha, who is ill.

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The case of the missing Amelia

“In the space of a few words, the leading role in a major new production had been reassigned. But why?”

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