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  • Porgy Amor: Aw, thanks, Niel (and all others). This opera, I think, has done better in the recording studio postwar than it has on stage,... 1:59 AM
  • Niel Rishoi: Excellent review of one of my favorite Verdi operas. I am extremely partial to the 1955 Decca recording – all great... 1:24 AM
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  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Big deal! They rent an old production and the director is too busy working on a new production in Munich, so they... 11:32 PM

Ah, cruel! La bronchite s’accompagne d’une toux profonde!

“Madame Anna Netrebko, souffrant d’une bronchite aiguë, ne sera pas en mesure d’assurer le rôle de Leonora pour la représentation du spectacle Il Trovatore ce jeudi 11 février,” reads a press release from the Opéra national de Paris.  Read more »

E il ciel non ha più fulmini?

“Els tenors José Cura i Carl Tanner cantaran el rol d’Otello en l’òpera de Verdi en substitució d’Aleksandrs Antonenko, qui ha cancellat la seva participació per raons personals. Les sopranos Ermonela Jaho i Maria Katzarava cantaran el rol de Desdemona a l’Otello de Verdi en substitució de Carmen Giannattasio, qui s’ha vist obligada a cancellar la seva participació.” [Gran Teatre del Liceu]

“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 »

Hvorostovsky

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Dmitri Hvorostovsky has withdrawn from three performances of Verdi’s Il Trovatore at the Met this season, on October 7, 10, and 17.

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hunch

Hunch confirmed

George Gagnidze and Zeljko Lucic will share the title role of Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Met this fall, replacing Simon Keenlyside

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Mildreds

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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Lucic

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Zeljko Lucic has withdrawn from his spring Met engagements due to illness.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

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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Tezier

Ah, con tal morbo ogni speranza è morta

Ludovic Tézier is continuing to recover from an illness.

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