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  • La Cieca: I’m just disappointed that a person who seems to be highly respected by her colleagues and fellow... 10:33 AM
  • armerjacquino: Correct me if I’m wrong, kruno, but is that not the exact same clip embedded in the... 10:24 AM
  • Krunoslav: Orlando, I have a far higher estimation of Bampton than of Jepson, who sounds to have been a very... 10:18 AM
  • Uncle Kvetch: parterre is a great place to be so long as you remember never to speak in favour of kindness or... 9:14 AM
  • Uncle Kvetch: I do however, completely understand the criticism aimed at her for many of her stylistic and... 9:06 AM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: DIVA NEWS: Cecilia Bartoli’s contract as Artistic Director of the Salzburger... 8:56 AM
  • Orlando Furioso: How curious that Rose Bampton and Helen Jepson share a birthday. They occupy the same niche... 8:15 AM
  • toitoitoi: Amen, armer and anti. “Sell their gifts”? Are you kidding me? No wonder you call... 8:11 AM
  • Ilka Saro: Title should be “Secret Woid” 7:56 AM
  • Krunoslav: Ingpen had many artistic crimes, but I personally would not place Shirley-Quirk̵ 7;s... 7:20 AM

Count me in

The legions of New York opera buffs who now can’t talk about anything but Javier Camarena will be happy to know that there’s now a DVD release of their new favorite tenor in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory available. The performance was actually filmed in 2011 in Zurich, and will be of immense interest not only to Camareniacs, but to Rossini scholars and to fans of Cecilia Bartoli, who limits her staged operatic performances outside her artistic home in Zurich.  Read more »

The Met: What is to be done?

Coming as Peter Gelb did from the music industry, opera lovers hoped that he would display a more distinctive knack for casting and an improved talent pipeline than Joe Volpe offered during the waning years of his tenure.   Read more »

“Forever,” darling

Divalicious Diana Damrau sings cuts from her new disc Forever tonight at Le Poisson Rouge, and, you, cher public, can see it livestreamed right here starting at 7:30 PM. Read more »

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Liebestraum

“Opera can, in fact, be something beautiful and moving even when all a performance has going for it is some really excellent singing.”

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A dream walking

The hostile reaction to the Mary Zimmerman production of La sonnambula was well documented after the premiere in 2009.

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Blonde, bombshell

So we may all be on the same page as we discuss, following the jump is the video of the December 7 Traviata from La Scala.

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Zing went the strings

This DVD of a Diana Damrau recital (accompanied only by the harpist Xavier de Maistre) is sure to please her legions of fans.

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Hung up

What other company indeed but the Bayerische Staatsoper would commission David LaChapelle to photograph Diana Damrau for their portrait gallery?

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We’ll settle that tonight!

La Cieca has been wining, dining and otherwise wooing her Met connection (pictured above) and he (or is it she?) has come across with some tidbits about upcoming seasons at Casa Gelb.

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Forever plaid

Starting right this minute, Lucia di Lammermoor starring Diana Damrau and Joseph Calleja, webcast by Sonostream!

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