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Annie Gets Her Rod

debbie_rodUPDATE: The news breaks today, and yes, it’s Debbie, but no, it’s not Shirtless Nathan.  Letting his defenses down in the role of Frank Butler at Glimmerglass will be Rod Gilfry. (Meanwhile, Mr. Gunn will continue his exploration of the esoteric Blusenrolle fach by role-debuting Eugene Onegin in Cincinnati.) Read more »

Frau Minnie

After the jump, a preview glimpse of Deborah Voigt and company in San Francisco Opera’s production of La fanciulla del West. Read more »

alla cantata ancor manca la diva gossip?

According to Musical Criticism, Deborah Voigt has canceled her run of Tosca performances at the Royal Opera “due to ‘acute colitis’.” As it happens, your doyenne had a tip on that cancellation late last week and for whatever reason (Michael Jackson fatigue?) she didn’t share that gossip with you.

So, cher public, here’s a chance for you to sound off on this journalistic lacuna and (by extension) on the mission of parterre.com in general. Take the poll after the jump. Comments are welcome as well. Read more »

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is there a voigt mafia?

Some disturbing speculations from a reader in Vienna: Just in case you are one of those opera lovers who believe that Deborah Voigt has one of the greatest voices ever, don’t read any further and press “delete”. I just heard her Salome at the Vienna Staatsoper. It was a disaster. The audience booed her ferociously, and the reviews agreed that the glory days of her voice are gone. It was even rumored that the management tried to fire her BEFORE the first performance, because the rehearsals were so bad. It baffles me that nobody in the US seems to realise […]

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l’amore di tre drag kings

Sopranos Deborah Voigt and Patricia Racette and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham made their drag king debut on Sunday night, and for once the gender confusion has nothing to do with Rufus Wainwright. The trio of songstresses donned tuxes for a spoof of the Three Tenors at a gala honoring Placido Domingo‘s 40th anniversary at the Met. The ladies quickly stripped down to “shimmering gowns in which they delivered the aria ‘Nessun Dorma’ that was a signature piece for The Three Tenors.” Photo by Ken Howard, Metropolitan Opera. [via AP]

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brunnhilde’s frock

A featurette that just mysteriously appeared in La Cieca’s inbox. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/kQqPauyGiVU” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /]

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o ew’ge chat, suesse chat!

UPDATE:  Be sure to join Commie-Winning Doyenne La Cieca for what is sure to be an historical webchat tonight beginning at 6:45 pm. According to an announcement on the Met’s website, tonight’s performance of Tristan und Isolde featuring (together! for the first time!) Ben Heppner and Deborah Voigt will be streamed live over RealPlayer. In honor of this eagerly-awaited partnership, La Cieca will host what will surely turn out to be the longest webchat in internet history, beginning at 6:45 PM and continuing until all our fingers go numb. Here’s a link to the chat, and remember to go to metopera.org […]

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music drama

Our Own JJ was at the Met last night (and part of this morning) to review Tristan und Isolde for Gay City News. As such he witnessed the rather astonishing series of events that Atomic Wings told you about earlier. La Cieca cannot of course ask JJ to comment on the specifics of the performance proper, but here’s a summary of the backstage and onstage drama:

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floating on a starlit ceiling

parterre mascot Izzy Anderson returns with yet another bash at “La donna e mobile.” Video impresario Wenarto obviously is working his connections like mad since he has managed to film this scene on the Act 2 set from the Met’s Tristan.

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______ and Isolde

La Cieca just heard that Ben Heppner has canceled the first night of the Met’s revival of Tristan und Isolde. John Mac Master will sing opposite Deborah Voigt.

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