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  • Camille: It’s the god-given right of every soprano to interpolate a High C at the end, à la Birgit Nilsson, examples of which... 3:10 PM
  • chicagoing: What is it about “I Could Have Danced All Night” which seems to make it the go-to nonclassical selection to... 2:59 PM
  • Hippolyte: WQXR will be streaming tonight at 7PM EDT a celebration (singing and interviews) of the Richard Tucker Foundation with this... 2:53 PM
  • Lady Abbado: Speaking of Manon Lescaut, Gheorghiu’s upcoming Australian concerts seem to include her first live performance of Sola... 2:33 PM
  • Camille: The MET Opera Shoppe sells opera glasses, by the way, which may be advisable but the really important thing is to be seated in... 2:26 PM
  • antikitschychick: Thanks Lohenfal :-) yeah I’m happy it worked out. I mean, it’s good that they revamped the website as I do... 2:22 PM
  • manou: It is indeed Opolais http://tinyurl.com /nwrjpg3 (I posted this link elsewhere). You’d think they would try to spell her name... 2:21 PM
  • Lohenfal: Anti, I’m glad to hear you were able to get the 4 tickets you wanted instead of waiting for the iffy student version.... 2:14 PM

When monarchs unite, how happy their state

Tony Award winners Kelli O’Hara (The King and I) and Victoria Clark (Gigi) will reunite onstage in a new production of the opera Dido and Aeneas, conducted by their frequent musical collaborator Ted Sperling with Orchestra of St. Luke’s. According to Theatermania, the production will play New York City Center for two nights only, April 28 and 29, 2016.  Read more »

No you can’t

Identically-coiffed artistes Klaus Florian Vogt and Renée Fleming prove conclusively that American musical theater is not an international language.   Read more »

Le roi danse

“This summer, [Susan] Graham will cap her season in Paris by making her role debut as Anna in The King and I at the Théâtre du Châtelet (June 13-29).”

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Le jazz tiède

The crossover album: a hint that that an artist has either exhausted all the repertory at her command and owes her record label a new release or that her waning vocal resources really shouldn’t be taxed much further than an octave.

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Something happened up there, something not very nice

Emma Thompson will portray Mrs. Lovett in the New York Philharmonic’s staged production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

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… and now the worse news

A couple of tweets from Thomas Hampson detailing some grisly-sounding future projects.

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Avec la participation exceptionnelle de La Machine

La Cieca is always delighted when Met stars “cross over” into more popular genres of entertainment.

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Boathouse Betty

La Cieca just glimpsed this “save the date” from NYCO’s development department.

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Just what I wanted!

La Cieca (pictured, left) celebrated her birthday early this year when she unexpectedly received the perfect gift—the following press release.

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Anna’s anthem

Awesome Anna Netrebko wraps her considerable talent around a the Europop hit “La Voix.”  Note the correct use of hair extensions (without those ridiculous “rocker chick” bangs) and the plain but striking red gown. 

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