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  • Flora Amiche: Nina Koshetz was the mother. Her daughter Marina was in the MGM films, including singing the... 5:39 PM
  • manou: Plus…Austro- Hungary and the Balkans being completely landlocked, all the *sailor* business... 5:21 PM
  • manou: Yes – I was there. Negative reviews fully justified. It is a sad farrago of a production, set... 5:14 PM
  • PushedUpMezzo: Well I saw the dress rehearsal from the highest heights and we all rather enjoyed it. The... 5:10 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Shostakovich wrote the music for this 1932 film httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=r... 5:07 PM
  • MontyNostry: This one seems to be submerged in Ruritanian polyester. 4:38 PM
  • armerjacquino: I was turned off by finding out that it was the same director as that useless ARIADNE at... 4:30 PM
  • MontyNostry: So, far, a clutch of distinctly negative reviews for the determinedly non-Regie production of... 4:28 PM
  • reedroom: but, but, but…I LOVED GERHARD STOLZE! 4:13 PM
  • La Cieca: He’s about 6 feet, which for a tenor is tall. 3:49 PM

The princess diaries

By special request of Our Own DeCaffarrelli, and courtesy of Mike Richter, here’s a treat: a 1969 performance of La Cenerentola starring the delectable Teresa Berganza. Read more »

Strike a Posa

It’s just a teensy bit late for Verdi’s birthday, but La Cieca thinks you’ll enjoy the latest vocal ID challenge, cher public: 16 baritones singing the opening phrases of Posa’s “romance” from Don Carlos. Read more »

E d’ogni re maggior il Trubadur!

UPDATE: A sleep-deprived La Cieca and DeCaffarrelli unanimously hail has reviewed the results once more and, in a revised ruling, declares a tie between Trubadur (pictured) and Giasone at 27 all as winners of the “Ladies in the Dark” vocal ID competition. Read more »

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Cogito argo sum

The front runner in our devilishly difficult “D’amor sull’ali” quiz is Giasone (pictured), with 22 of 30 singers correctly identified.

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Ladies in the dark

And now, cher public, the vocal identification quiz in excelsis, Leonora’s great Act IV scena from Il trovatore, as sung by 25 sopranos (and five tenors).

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Pietà di me!

Perhaps, you, cher public, will be crying out the above-mentioned phrase when you hear the most recent vocal collage prepared by our dear DeCaffarrelli.

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Pyramid scheme

Giulio Cesare at the Met proved an evening that added up to much more than the sum of its uneven parts.

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In the day of success

“I have learned by the perfectest report they have more in them than mortal knowledge.”

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Fully equipped with fire and music

“The Greek drama affords us one character which, had Shakespeare studied it in the three great tragedians of that people, and then, preserving Greek manners as ably as he did Roman, written it from his own heart and mind, might have been worthy to succeed the greatest achievement of the stage.”

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Viva, viva il nostro Alcide!

Congratulations to Cesare 15 (pictured, right) who came, saw and—after a false start or two—conquered in the very challenging “Piangerò” quiz devised by Our Own DeCaffarrelli!

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