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  • Cocky Kurwenal: She recorded it on some sort of C19th diva tribute album, making some strenuous point about... 11:16 AM
  • m. croche: Another day, another opera company whitesplaining to people of color that their racist opera is... 11:15 AM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: I think most of Nilsson’s famous studio recordings come off as slightly... 11:12 AM
  • kashania: It’s definitely not subtle but I love the “all-out assault” approach. It is just... 11:11 AM
  • Milady DeWinter: I totally agree with you, steveac10 – where the hell IS Gilmore and why not on the... 11:06 AM
  • MontyNostry: You know what, I never liked the legendary Solti/Nilsson recording. I just tend to think of it... 11:04 AM
  • CwbyLA: I thought #3 was Horne, too but then i though to myself that it was not possible. I had no idea she... 11:01 AM
  • Patrick Mack: And the production from Aix comes out on video at the end of August. http://www.amaz... 10:57 AM
  • La Cieca: The leading roles are sort of specialist material: there are only a couple of star sopranos in the... 10:55 AM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: Don’t forget there has been another recording of Elektra with Herlitzius in the title... 10:53 AM

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).”

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 »

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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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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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