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  • Cocky Kurwenal: I’m really looking forward to seeing Chenier in London in a few months. While neither... 8:30 AM
  • DonCarloFanatic: Mine aren’t rarities, or at least did not use to be. Andrea Chenier and Adrianna... 8:23 AM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: That’s a great way to put it Phoenix, I completely agree. 7:50 AM
  • phoenix: You are both welcome. For anyone who wants to hear it (I preferred the Pagliacci) you can get it... 7:41 AM
  • WindyCityOperaman: Happy 1st of September and Happy Labor (Labour) Day North American Parterrians! Born on... 7:34 AM
  • phoenix: internet connection problems. Maybe I better shut up and get off the site. At any rate, the last... 7:30 AM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: The pattern last night was very much as I recall from the ROH, Phoenix – pretty... 7:24 AM
  • phoenix: Despite the difficulty with the high notes, Goerke’s Elektra sounded more lyrical last night... 7:19 AM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: Whatever else one can say about Barkmin (and as I’ve put below, I loved her, but can... 7:16 AM
  • ML: What? Why? He’s the only true French voice we have! I think long-standing Parterrians should be... 6:24 AM

Namenlos in Lieb’ umfangen

SiriusXM is broadcasting right now a 1981 performance of Tristan und Isolde featuring Gwyneth Jones (pictured) and Spas Wenkoff, with James Levine conducting the work that season for the first time in his career. And yet, here’s an operatic mystery: neither Ms. Jones nor Mr. Wenkoff was the casting originally conceived by Mr. Levine for this revival: they joined the cast fairly late in the game. So, who among the cher public can tell us which two familiar Met artists were supposed to sing these roles?

Ich sah das Kind

La Cieca hears that Dame Gwyneth Jones has added yet another “role” to hear already vast repertoire, that of grandmother. The diva’s granddaughter, Sophia Magdalena, was born several days ago. The “lively, red-haired” baby and her mother, Susannah Haberfeld, are both reported in excellent condition.

Lèse majesté

Dame Gwyneth Jones is fighting an attempt to oust her as president of the Wagner Society, a position she has held for 23 years. An exciting story, but the best bit is the comment: “Whew! that was close—you nearly managed to write an article on Wagner without mentioning Hitler!” [The Telegraph]

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Happy Birthday Dame Gwyneth Jones

La Cieca is delighted to congratulate Dame Gwyneth Jones, born November 7, 1936, on her diam0nd birthday anniversary. At 75, Dame Gwyneth is still active, both as the President of the Wagner Society of Great Britain and as a performer, scheduled to return to the Vienna State Opera in the spring of 2012 as Herodias in Salome.

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Happy Birthday Dame Gwyneth Jones

The spectacular dramatic soprano was born 74 years ago today in Pontnewynydd, Wales. She is seen below in one of her less familiar (though no less effective) roles, Hanna in Die Lustige Witwe.

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