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  • La Cieca: The BSO ad on this site says 3:30, but 20:30 in Munich is certainly 2:30 here in New York. I’ll check with the BSO press... 2:18 AM
  • phillyoperalover: Thanks steveac10 :) 2:13 AM
  • DeepSouthSenior: I am disappointed, disturbed, and downcast by this entire discussion of Kaufmann and his “Don’t you dare buy... 1:19 AM
  • Lohenfal: This is decidedly OT, but the time for the BSO Manon Lescaut livestream on Friday is 2:30 New York time (20.30 Munich time,... 12:56 AM
  • steveac10: Butterfly has been done successfully by lighter voices since it premiered. Hong knows her way around a Puccini heroine, having... 12:26 AM
  • Buster: i just read Barbara Frittoli will sing those Mimis. 12:23 AM
  • phillyoperalover: Well here’s my thing, can Hong handle Butterfly? She has chosen her roles so carefully. I know she has done... 11:24 PM
  • Donna Anna: Stephen Powell was a superb di Luna in Cincinnati (the cast included Jamie Barton making her debut as Azucena, Russell Thomas... 9:30 PM

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 »

Natural born Miller

Cast changes (already) for San Francisco Opera: Ukrainian baritone Vitaliy Bilyy will sing Miller in Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Luisa Miller opening Friday, September 11, replacing Thomas Hampson, “who after careful consideration has decided not to add this particular Verdi role to his repertoire prompting his withdrawal from the season opening production.” But wait, there’s more. Read more »

Voilà la belle grisette!

Andriana Chuchman will sing the role of Valencienne in this season’s April and May performances of Lehár’s The Merry Widow, replacing Danielle de Niese, who has withdrawn due to pregnancy.” That’s from the Met press office. (Photo: Cory Weaver)

Michael Fabiano

Name that Rodolfo

Francesco Demuro and Michael Fabiano will sing the role of Rodolfo in the remaining 2014 performances of La Bohème.

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Francesco Demuro

Demuro felice

“Italian tenor Francesco Demuro will make his Met debut in the role of Rodolfo in this evening’s performance of La Bohème, replacing Charles Castronovo who is ill.”

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Rodolfo

Einspring awakening

“In a last-minute substitution, American tenor Bryan Hymel will sing the role of Rodolfo in this evening’s performance of La Bohème, replacing Ramón Vargas, who is ill.”

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garland

Change of pace

La Cieca has just heard that Joseph Kaiser, due to unforeseen circumstances, will not be able to participate in Sunday’s Voce recital.

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rachel

Contessa, stop the music!

“American soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen, who last week won First Prize at the prestigious Operalia competition, will make her Met debut as Countess Almaviva in this December’s performances of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.”  

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Anybody's Pick-up

Breaking apart

I guess we can assume the season is going to happen, because the cast changes are already starting, and the Met’s press office is on it, you guys.

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erin

Sink or swim

Says the Met press office, “Erin Morley will sing the role of Sophie in all performances of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier this season…”

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