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  • la vociaccia: It sounds like she was off form last night. What I recall most about her debut performance two... 9:27 AM
  • olliedawg: antikitschychick — thank you for reminding me yet again that RF can KILL when she’s... 9:15 AM
  • olliedawg: Poison Ivy, I’m just lovin’ your reviews. I only saw the “Aida” Live in HD... 9:09 AM
  • olliedawg: La Cieca’s word choice certainly got my attention, although the c word is one I personally... 9:04 AM
  • DeepSouthSenior: Thanks for posting that Aida clip, Ivy. I watched the Live in HD at a theater in December... 8:57 AM
  • arepo: I love your writing Ivy. You have a way with words that is instantly readable and creative. Aside of... 8:57 AM
  • manou: I can see why one would want some other vulgarity because there is a very long list of non-vulgar... 8:33 AM
  • semira mide: A number of years ago the Guild ( I believe) hosted a talk entitled something like “Verdi... 8:29 AM
  • Porgy Amor: To clarify, I haven’t heard it — it’s just that G. Zampieri is a fairly known... 8:17 AM
  • perfidia: I’ve always had such a mad crush on Joseph Fiennes (since “Shakespeare in Love”). 8:07 AM

The Met: What is to be done?

Coming as Peter Gelb did from the music industry, opera lovers hoped that he would display a more distinctive knack for casting and an improved talent pipeline than Joe Volpe offered during the waning years of his tenure.   Read more »

Mission statement

Can it be nearly a quarter-century ago that an Italian mezzo-soprano in her early twenties recorded her first recital? Classical music and the recording industry have undergone remarkable changes during the intervening years, but Cecilia Bartoli remains the same passionate iconoclast who burst onto the scene with that 1988 Rossini CD. Any new Bartoli recording has become a big event, and Mission–her just-released collection of music by Agostino Steffani–proves once again that there is no one quite like Bartoli– ever the Roman conqueror! Read more »