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  • Lady Abbado: Finally a glimpse into Angela Gheorghiu’s take on the role of Charlotte: http://staatsop... 9:37 PM
  • Camille: I thought she was pretty good as the Jaroslavna as well, and we had been warned by œdipe about the... 9:36 PM
  • Camille: I haven’t forgotten her at all because she is my favourite, by a landslide, because she could... 9:31 PM
  • Resistopiu: Well you all seem to forget Latonia Moore who was the best Aida I have seen since Price 9:10 PM
  • Resistopiu: Actually Armer her last London performance was in Don Carlos, the first night which I was very... 9:03 PM
  • ipomoea: Thank you, Satisfied, Lee is not what I planned or paid for last July. With a local “provinc... 8:30 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Satisfied: Jean-Francois Borras replaced Kaufmann as Werther at the Met, and... 7:43 PM
  • RosinaLeckermaul: Jean-Francois Borras. Too bad folks aren’t giving Lee a chance. He’s very good. 7:42 PM
  • Satisfied: Sorry last bit to add: I’ve never tried day of change. If anyone is trying to change their... 7:35 PM
  • Satisfied: As was I! I was quite satisfied with his replacement…whose name escapes me. Manou? 7:33 PM

Your Coloraturafan dollars at work

The first two webisodes of Coloraturafan‘s interview series are now live. Read more »

Tuesdays with Mary

Miss Garden smiled. “You probably have never seen a thin Violetta,” she exclaimed. “You’ll find that that will make a difference.”  Inaugurating a new feature on parterre, dedicated to the wit and wisdom of Mary Garden, as recorded by the journalists of her day.

Dead heat

Now the deadline has passed for the Immolation Quiz, La Cieca is happy if a bit puzzled to announce that the result is a tie: two of the cher public were able to identify 23 of the 25 voices in the quiz correctly.   Read more »

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Constellation

Here, for the first time in 40 years, the CBS telecast of the April 21-22 gala honoring the retirement of Sir Rudolf Bing.

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Il sacro fuoco

Here’s recent Met debutante Liudmyla Monastyrska in that ultimate “furibonda” role, Abigaille in Nabucco.

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Raspberry sauce

According to a fan site, Dame Kiri te Kanawa is not just playing any old diva on next season’s Downton Abbey, but Dame Nellie Melba herself!

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Strange music

Sempiternal soprano Edita Gruberova celebrates her “45th stage anniversary” tomorrow, Monday February 18 with a performance of Alaide in Bellini’s La Straniera live from the Vienna Musikverein.

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I can name that diva in six notes

In this clip from an Italian quiz show of the 1950s, Toti dal Monte requires not even a whole phrase to identify the unique voice of Magda Olivero.

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Chiedi all’aura lusinghiera

La Rondine, which began as a light Viennese operetta before being transformed into an Italian tearjerker, is not a natural diva vehicle…

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An embarrassment of divas

As if last week’s survey wasn’t enough, a few more recent diva-recital disks remain worthy of attention particularly since they arrive from five front-rank singers.

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