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  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: Ma anch’io ero una volta ammirabile e bellissima. Adesso sono solo ammirabile. 12:21 AM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: Where do you see videos of it? I only saw the cabaletta. 12:18 AM
  • Gualtier M: Marianne, the “Adriana Lecouvreur” production was an old production designed by... 12:12 AM
  • Camille: Yes, she was. Look at that Trovatore from Scala with Muti et al (including a still spry Nucci)... 12:07 AM
  • laddie: Just watching the videos from I puritani of Ms. P.: Interesting the Qui la voce is beautifully sung... 12:01 AM
  • johns33: The Met never has any cute t shirts! Dull! I once bought a tshirt at the flagstaff AZ ring: on the... 12:00 AM
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  • Sempre liberal: I recall going to Philadelphia Orchestra concerts in the early 90s for $3 and (horrors) $4 a... 11:38 PM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: And that facility or service fee they slap is disgusting. 11:38 PM
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West side, east side

Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera“Broadly speaking, there are two types of New Yorkers: the ones who say ‘I’m going to the Met’ meaning ‘I’m going to see an opera’ and the ones to whom the phrase means ‘I’m finally going to see those Piero della Francescas everyone has been talking about.’  Recently, though, opera showed up at both Mets, the Metropolitan Opera and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.” [New York Observer]

Danielle fires back

The leading lady of the Bayerische Staatsoper’s production of La Calisto has taken to the Twitters to respond to the recent discussion of her comments about Miley Cyrus. Read more »

And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you

“Alluring soprano star Danielle de Niese, wife of Glyndebourne Opera boss Gus Christie, had that sinking feeling when she arrived for a performance at the Arts Club in Mayfair—and discovered her glamorous gowns were missing!” [Daily Mail]

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Lady of the house

How’s about a little light summer chat Tuesday afternoon starting at 2:15 EDT, when parterre fave Danielle de Niese headlines Don Pasquale, webcast live from the Glyndebourne Festival?

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Driving Miss Dessay

Always front and center with a vote of confidence, Peter Gelb told the New York Times, “Natalie is one of the great artists, but she also is somewhat fragile.”

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Nile, be seeing you

Danielle de Niese will sing the role of Cleopatra in this evening’s performance of Handel’s Giulio Cesare, replacing Natalie Dessay, who is ill.”

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Our retrospection will now be all to the future

La Cieca predicts you won’t be seeing any puritans at the Met next season, except of course for the ones who slouch around during intermission hissing, “You call that a trill?”

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How tweet the sound

“I will be on #Broadway again!”

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Blonde date

Your feelings about the new Opus Arte DVD of Handel’s Acis and Galatea will have a lot to do with your tolerance for gentle whimsy. As a cultural consumer who tends to gravitate toward the more high-octane, Italianate drama of a Verdi overture or a Real Housewives of New Jersey hair-pull, I do my best to steer clear of pastoral operas about the lives and loves of those who tend sheep for a living, but an assignment is an assignment. 

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de Niese speaks! (sort of)

“What people don’t know, what people who spend time sort of, like, gossiping about a role might not know, is that, I mean, once you get onto the audition stage, you are just like everybody else; it’s what you do vocally and what you do as an artist that gets you the job or not.… Really, they want to see talent. Talent trumps everything.” Yes, La Cieca realizes that’s a little hard to follow, but shouldn’t we be a little tolerant? Let’s recall that Danielle de Niese is Australian, so it’s not like English is her first language. [NY Observer]

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