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  • laddie: I wondered about that…. 9:53 PM
  • WindyCityOperaman: httpvh://www.youtu be.com/watch?v=kdS Ra5fTQn4 9:13 PM
  • LT: Domingo’s Salzburg gala with Villazon, Stoyanova, Agresta and Martinez. http://www.br.de/r adio/br-klassik/mu enchner-rundfun... 8:22 PM
  • armerjacquino: Frazzoni was THE Minnie for a while, wasn’t she? 8:07 PM
  • WindyCityOperaman: RIP singer Cilla Black httpvh://www.youtu be.com/watch?v=8lQ OJxBDV5s 7:59 PM
  • oscar: Cossotto sang the smaller role of Sister Mathilde in the premiere. Gigliola Frazzoni sang the Mother Marie. She was a dramatic... 7:54 PM
  • Batty Masetto: Aulus, I saw Pippin’s version of Martha too back in the day – absolutely charming. I also remember an... 6:53 PM
  • mjmacmtenor: Here is the La Scala performance – in Italian as Poulenc requested. Besides Virginia Zeani as Blanche, there is Leyla... 6:39 PM

All tomorrows shall be as today

For your Wednesday listening enjoyment, here’s a BBC broadcast of the Gala Farewell to Sir David Webster (pictured, left) at the Royal Opera House on July 9, 1970. Highlights include a complete Lucia Mad Scene with Joan Sutherland and an early Gwyneth Jones essay of the “Liebestod.”   Read more »

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.

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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.

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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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