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  • Poison Ivy: Thanks for that compilation coloraturafan! (And thanks manou). I like Kunde’s high F the... 12:01 PM
  • kashania: Agreed. I was surprised that he even went for the F. That takes guts. The fact that he was ever... 11:59 AM
  • Operngasse: Thank you PI for reproducing this review. The only performance of I Puritani I have seen was... 11:51 AM
  • manou: Gualtier kindly posted this yesterday in the chat httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=xZ3u Ptm1Oyc I... 11:49 AM
  • Poison Ivy: The F last night definitely didn’t sound that good, but then again, this was 2008, and 6... 11:47 AM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: I think you’d approve of the idea of Isolde – act I is very dramatic and... 11:39 AM
  • bluecabochon: You’ll “let me” be right? Come on. You aren’t interested in the... 11:32 AM
  • kashania: I did not hear last night’s performance but Brownlee has sung the high F very convincingly... 11:24 AM
  • Tamino: herTz that is, cycles per second, that is. Not “heart” ; ; ) 11:18 AM
  • uwsinnyc: Great review. I only heard it over the radio but found the same qualities you so perfectly... 11:18 AM

Sicilian Whispers

Fabio-Armiliato_thumbThere is no peace for Verdi in Parma. 

As a second production of its Verdi Festival the Teatro Regio presented I vespri siciliani on October 10,  starring Giacomo Prestia as Procida, Leo Nucci as Monforte, and the lovebirds Daniela Dessì and Fabio Armiliato as Elena and Arrigo.  Read more »

Debut

nicola_lischiCongratulations to Nicola Lischi, of the younger generation of critics the one with the best developed… knowledge of Italian opera, for his first review on Opera Brittania.

Your friend when things get rough

pufnstufThere have been about 2,000 reviews of the Met’s new Rheingold so far, but for now, anyway, this one is my favorite—and not only for “Sid and Marty“.

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No cure for the common scold

Every time La Cieca says she’s through once and for all reading Norman Lebrecht, that middlebrow minstrel of the maestro myth soars to new heights of noisomeness. This time (yet again) it’s about how utterly callous those silly opera singers are for canceling (imagine!) when they’re too sick to sing.  

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Plain speaking

Martin Bernheimer, who was wise long before most of the rest of us were on solid food, writes what is likely to be remembered as the definitive essay on the Donald Rosenberg/Plain Dealer situation.

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You know we’ve got Regie in the cellar?

The premiere of a new production of Lohengrin at Bayreuth is obviously this week’s hot topic. La Cieca suggests we continue on this thread thd discussion that began elsewhere on parterre.com and is also raging over at opera-l. (La Cieca invites the cher public and visitors to post links from other sites as well where the Neuenfels Lohengrin is discussed.)  

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The unanswered question

“Why is the needlessly naked executioner so coy about showing us his wobbly bits?” [The Telegraph]

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Who criticizes the critics?

See, La Cieca thinks Brian Kellow is asking for trouble when, in the second paragraph of his analysis of last March’s Slatkinshchina, he admits, “I did not attend the March 29 opening-night performance of La Traviata, nor did I listen to it on Sirius Radio.”  

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Metaphor, thou mighty monster

“Marianne Cornetti‘s Amneris…. gives the audience a heart attack every time she opens her mouth, possessing an ability to literally drown out the orchestra.” La Cieca has a new favourite opera critic, and his name is Jamie Tabberer.

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Bright Lights, Big Ideas

Forget all the others. You need to read this review of The Nose. [New York Observer]

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