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  • CerquettiFarrell: I had posted this very early on, a day or two after seeing the concert live on Mezzo.... 10:38 AM
  • CerquettiFarrell: LOL Dame Kiri tries her best hand at impersonating Joan Crawford, 20:00 And her... 10:34 AM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: It was just announced that Paolo Rumetz, who jumped in for Keenlyside on... 9:43 AM
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  • PushedUpMezzo: That’s nice to know! Was hoping for those ones with a chaise longue and a red velvet... 7:48 AM
  • Belfagor: Surely MTT’s strangest operatic contribution has been his championing of Rimsky-Korsakov... 7:39 AM
  • Buster: Great! Hope you enjoy your trip. Note that the boxes are unsuitable for manspreading. 7:01 AM
  • La Valkyrietta: Before someone (Kruno?) corrects me, your friend is not Richard but Henry. :) 6:19 AM
  • PushedUpMezzo: You two have finally convinced me. Will definitely try to get along to Liege for my first... 6:18 AM
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Bitter to the sweet

damrau_fille_thumbLa Cieca just heard that Diana Damrau has canceled her engagement in Hamlet with the Washington National Opera. Heading the “star-studded” cast for this production will now be Liam Bonner / Michael Chioldi, TBA, Samuel Ramey, Elizabeth Bishop and John Tessier.

I would like a waffle

La Cieca preens proudly  to present a peerless pair of protégés (left to right) Squirrel and Maury D’Annato. The bromancers attended (or one should say “took in”) last night’s Ariadne auf Naxos at the Met, and as of early this afternoon they were still deconstructing. Read more »

Warhorses and Lullabies

damrau_levineDiana Damrau joined James Levine and the Met Orchestra at Carnegie Hall on Sunday afternoon for one of Levine’s typically overloaded – er, generous – orchestral feasts. But this deeply involving marathon of German warhorses rewarded those who would submit to its somber, festive intensity. Read more »

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run, don’t walk

To the Met this evening, where Željko Lučić jumps in as Rigoletto opposite Diana Damrau and Joseph Calleja.

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drammy per musica

New Kid on the Plaza Drammy writes: April 9, 2009. A traditional Otto Schenk production featuring Diana Damrau as Gilda and who cares but.. Frizza conducting, Viktoria Vizin as Maddalena, Calleja as the Duke, Frontali as Rigoletto, Aceto as Sparafucile. Stellar performances from the entire cast, excepting poor Mr Frontali. The set was phenomenal – this coming from someone who has now seen 3 operas live to date…i.e. I’ve low standards and I can’t stomach Regie – yet. The first set change – from Duke’s court to shady courtyard – took a whopping 5 minutes and people were getting frisky. [...]

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change partners

One of La Cieca’s most trusted spies wangled his way into the house last night for the surprise cast change in Lucia di Lammermoor, and here’s his report: Perhaps it is the side benefit of low expectations, but I was not offended by Anna Netrebko‘s performance on Tuesday night. Though certainly not a bel canto stylist or supreme technician, she gave a glamorously sung and winningly acted performance that had star quality. Not the best Lucia I have seen by a long shot but far from the worst. (I have heard Edita Gruberova, June Anderson, Sumi Jo, Martile Rowland, Ruth [...]

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at least her jewels are

Watching the Richard Tucker Gala just now, La Cieca is reminded to something she said to a companion after an early Diana Damrau Met performance (Ariadne, she thinks it was.) What La Cieca said was, “Well, you can send all the others home, because we’ve found our Neely O’Hara!”

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boy meets girl

Two superstars of the 21st century, Diana Damrau and Juan Diego Flórez, bring exciting new life to a classic of the 19th century, Verdi’s Rigoletto. This new production of the warhorse was heard Saturday night in Dresden. Regie is by Nikolaus Lehnhoff and musical direction is by Fabio Luisi. [kml_flashembed movie="http://youtube.com/v/PiyaNoNxOYY" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

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victoire!

The polls are closed and the results are in: the winner of this year’s Unnatural Acts of Opera Summer Festival is French Grand Opera. To kick off the festival we have that most grand of all grand operas, Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots. Les Huguenots, Act One Raoul de Nangis – Marcello Giordani Valentine – Annalisa Raspaglosi Marguerite di Valois – Diana Damrau Le Comte de Saint-Bris – Frode Olsen Nevers – Zeljko Lucic Urbain – Sara Alegretta Marcel – Soon-Won Kang De Cosse – Jacek Pazola Maurevert – Simon Bailey Tavannes – Peter Marsh Frankfurter Museumsorchester; Conductor: Guido Johanes Rumstadt.

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chaco a son gout

I thought that it would be fun to tell you about a little concert last Sunday here in Montr̩al, with Ren̩e Fleming, Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato and Matthew Polenzani. It was actually the first time that I have heard any of them in the flesh, so I was most curious to see if the voices in the house would be as I had imagined in the head. To get one thing out of the way first; I am not a fan of Ms. Fleming. I find her a vulgar musician Рand so there it is. Her voice on this [...]

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