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  • No Expert: Then there’s this httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=UVv6 FTKC92U 5:40 PM
  • Lindoro Almaviva: It does count as a pirate. The issue is that EMI wised up and realized they were missing on... 5:36 PM
  • marshiemarkII: Grazie caro Kashie, yes that GLORIOUS pirate of Trovatore was actually one of the very first... 5:36 PM
  • kashania: Oh, I’m so glad. Yeah, I wasn’t terribly familiar with Stignani’s work (still am... 5:23 PM
  • Podlesmania: You’re welcome! It is a lovely video indeed 5:21 PM
  • kashania: +1 5:20 PM
  • DellaCasaFan: Last night I listened to this Trovatore on Spotify after you had mentioned it yesterday. I... 5:20 PM
  • pasavant: Thank you for posting Nilsson singing Puccini. It made my day. 5:06 PM
  • rysanekfreak: Remember the old Melody Shoppe at North Park in Dallas? That’s where I learned to buy... 5:00 PM
  • kashania: Since she was Queen of the Pirates, here are two favourite Leyla Gencer recordings. My favourite... 4:57 PM

Feline AIDS continues unabated

“[J]udging singers in their 20s is truly difficult, especially with so much at stake for the finalists, including a $15,000 cash prize for each winner. Comparably gifted pianists in their 20s are much more likely to be technically assured and finished performers. Operatic voices, though, need long nurturing. Most young singers are still working out elements of their technique. Inevitably, the judges for these auditions are assessing the potential of the finalists as much as their actual performances. Moreover, as was made clear by the documentary film ‘The Audition,’ which followed the last round of the 2007 competition, performing in this concert could not be more high-pressure.” [Need You Ask?]