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  • Hippolyte: Yes, vb, I did–but it didn’t. 8:24 AM
  • La Valkyrietta: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=nZyM c29QQK8 6:36 AM
  • redbear: Serge Dorny, the intendant at Lyon, said once that there were some eight to ten thousand operas composed and wondered why we hear... 4:23 AM
  • La Cieca: There is also I think an important distinction to be made between what is told on stage vs. what is shown. It is only natural... 11:48 PM
  • Camille: Oh of course it is and thank you, Sanford! I have got the 11th on my mind as an important date because of the Caramoor... 11:40 PM
  • Sanford: Next Friday is July 10th, not the 11th. 11:27 PM
  • vilbastarda: Luvtennis, exactly my feelings. I feel very strongly about this, and powerless in the same time. “Ma voix se... 10:53 PM
  • vilbastarda: Hippolyte, at Caramoor did you attend Philip Gossett’s pre-show lecture? His jaw-dropping erudition, and contagious... 10:47 PM

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, organizers have announced. Tour organizers cited ‘unforeseen circumstances’ for the cancellation but gave no further details.” [Mercury News]

Fox and friends

Cecilia Bartoli, the revered, ebullient, and unique mezzo-soprano, does not like to fly in airplanes. Yet she managed to journey to St. Petersburg, Russia—apparently she swam there, if we are to trust YouTube—to dig up the preferred tunes of 18th century “tsaritsas” (empresses). Ms. Bartoli is known for her innovative projects and for the infectious enthusiasm she brings to them, but certainly she must be setting records here—we are talking 11 (count them) world-premiere recordings. And what a thrill for the audience at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, which hosted not one but two sold-out evenings with the reigning queen of opera-you-never-would-have-known joined by the superb I Barocchisti ensemble under the direction of Diego Fasolis.   Read more »

Heartbreak fridge

Before there was Verdi’s Otello, Rossini’s Otello was considered the master operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy. It’s easy to see why Rossini’s Otello was acclaimed at its time, and also why Verdi’s Otello eventually eclipsed the Rossini version.  The main deficiency in Rossini’s version is that the libretto is so much weaker than Boito’s libretto for Verdi’s opera. Boito masterfully condensed Shakespeare’s play into an inexorable, terrifying tragedy. Rossini’s libretto (by Francesco Maria Berio di Salsa) excises a lot of Shakespeare’s dramatic devices and then adds unnecessary filler. Read more »

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Count me in

The legions of New York opera buffs who now can’t talk about anything but Javier Camarena will be happy to know that there’s now a DVD release of their new favorite tenor in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory available.

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Racing with the moon

For better or worse, Decca’s new Norma recording will ultimately be embraced—or dismissed—by those reacting directly to Cecilia Bartoli’s controversial portrayal.

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Before her all Rome trembled

A sneak preview of Cecilia Bartoli’s new recording of Norma may be found on the website of The Guardian.

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Prequel

This cozy video of Il Barbiere di Siviglia was recently re-released and will be of interest to those who are only familiar with Cecilia Bartoli‘s work after she became an international star.

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Einspring can really hang you up the most

Winter Met sensation Pretty Yende does another jump-in this weekend, again in Le Comte Ory, but this time at the Theater an der Wien.

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The bald mezzo-soprano

She’s been a showgirl, a bubble dancer, a drag king, and of course a maimed statue.

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Space cadet

Yes, that’s the lovely and talented Cecilia Bartoli peeking out from under those bangs, offering us a glimpse of her first staged Cleopatra.

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