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  • grimoaldo: “Jennifer Rowley? I know nothing about her” Who does? Somebody decided she... 12:35 AM
  • Poison Ivy: Well if you want to get technical about it Callas’s last “great” ; year was... 12:30 AM
  • Stefan: I’m using the below link now and it working fine. http://www.arte.tv /guide/fr/05175... 12:29 AM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: That’s Guestoria or Guessie to you, hello and good evening! Well, your... 12:19 AM
  • grimoaldo: Yes Guest, we all decided it was about Lisette but we cannot be absolutely sure, and that blind... 11:58 PM
  • Krunoslav: I thought the recital very exciting., including the high Ds. True, * any* Rossini tenor album... 11:46 PM
  • Grane: Jennifer Rowley? I know nothing about her, but as someone has already mentioned, there’s a... 11:33 PM
  • Arianna a Nasso: Opolais is only 34 years old if Wiki is to be believed. At the performances of hers... 11:29 PM
  • operaassport: Pretty spot on review. Brownlee lacks vocal glamor, star power. Florez has it in spades. 11:14 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Hard to believe Eleanor Steber only sang this role twice at the Met. Now there’s a soprano... 10:46 PM

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).”

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. I’m sure we all have our favorite party discs of beloved divas slumming Broadway, Tin Pan Alley, or worse.   Read more »

Something happened up there, something not very nice

Academy Award–winning actress 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, March 5–8, 2014. The production will mark Ms. Thompson’s New York Philharmonic debut, New York stage debut, and first time performing the role. As previously announced, bass-baritone Bryn Terfel will star as the title character.

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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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Hunch confirmed

“Internationally acclaimed opera singer and arts administrator Plácido Domingo, General Director of Washington National Opera (WNO), will lead a group of his protégés in a concert performance of Verdi’s Rigoletto on August 2, 2010, at Beijing’s Reignwood Theater…. The concert performance marks the first time that Domingo, a legendary tenor who has recently made highly praised forays into the baritone repertoire, will sing the baritone role of Rigoletto. [Washington National Opera]

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The hits just keep on coming

… and the hope gets darker and darker as La Scoopenda performs Leonard Cohen‘s “Hallelujah.”

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