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  • marshiemarkII: Armer! check this link: http://rateyourmus ic.com/release/alb um/giovanni_bat... 12:27 AM
  • marshiemarkII: Stutzmann, now that is a voice from the past, she was really wonderful and I really like the... 12:24 AM
  • DeepSouthSenior: I have a special fondness for the Pergolesi Stabat Mater with Nathalie Stutzmann and Roy... 12:11 AM
  • DeepSouthSenior: Thank, everyone, for the Don Carlo recommendations. Met on Demand video has only 1980 and... 11:39 PM
  • peter: Jack Jikes, coincidentally I’m reading Excellent Women right now, but I don’t think... 11:18 PM
  • antikitschychick: armerjac, yes the Forza Leonora is a spinto role and in general I don’t think those... 11:13 PM
  • lyrebird: no neck 9:58 PM
  • phoenix: Frasquita! the true test of a great soprano – The demands on the voice and technical skill of... 9:52 PM
  • Jack Jikes: Barbara! 9:46 PM
  • Jack Jikes: Fausta – well-chosen name of a cat in Barabara Pym’s masterpiece “Excell... 9:36 PM

Recklessly passionate

Before you ask, cher public, there is no Issue #41 of parterre box, the queer opera zine, or, rather, this issue, #42 is the 41st of the series. La Cieca hasn’t a clue why the numbering system went to hell, but at least she didn’t let you down on content: Gossip about Madame Vera Galupe-Borszkh and Cecilia Bartoli! An interview with Catherine Malfitano! Reviews by Indiana Loiterer III, Fleur Jetée, and Fils de Brahma! ”The Ballad of Billy Budd!” Plus the first installment in the serial “All About Steve” by the ineffable Manuela Haltertop!  [Download Issue #42]

Small scale

In art, less is more — at least most of the time. But Dicapo Opera’s presentation of The Martyrs is a little more less than ideal. [New York Post]

Medium and rare

“Considering one of the season’s star singers is a plus-size female impersonator, opera this fall is anything but a drag.” Our Own JJ lays down the law on the subject of autumnal opera attendance to his base audience of jaded roués and gay divorcées who lunch at the Ritz. [New York Post]

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The Cathy will rock

Soprano, stage director and now, apparently, activist Catherine Malfitano has collected more than 120 signatures on a letter “denouncing New York City Opera’s planned move from Lincoln Center and calling into question the company’s stewardship.” Among those signing on: June Anderson, Jane Bunnell, Tito Capobianco, José Carreras, Frank Corsaro, Phyllis Curtin, Justino Díaz, Joyce DiDonato, Plácido Domingo, Carlisle Floyd, Jake Heggie, John Mauceri, Sherrill Milnes, Jan Opalach, Samuel Ramey, Regina Resnik, Hal Prince and Frederica von Stade. [NYT]

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