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  • ML: What? Why? He’s the only true French voice we have! I think long-standing Parterrians should be... 6:24 AM
  • LJ: here’s the SBS interview http://www.sbs.com .au/news/article/2 014/08/08/operas-h ottest-tenor-ho... 6:15 AM
  • manou: œdipe is on the naughty step – but I hope he will be back soon, holding hands with bassoprofundo. 6:15 AM
  • ML: Oedipe — où es-tu? 5:42 AM
  • ML: Well, as you suggest, there are not performances in French of comparable quality. This is ultimately the... 5:34 AM
  • La marquise de Merteuil: Cocky, I have to disagree re Goerke as Elektra. I didn’t attend last night as... 5:24 AM
  • lyrebird: Actually, the figures are worse than my rough estimates above. If anyone cares (and I’m... 5:19 AM
  • lyrebird: Sorry to disagree. The second concert in Sydney went on sale well before anything like the first... 4:59 AM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: I saw Elektra last night at the proms and seem to be at odds with everybody on Facebook and... 4:41 AM
  • Lohengrin: I also wondered about the way of PR. For exemple in Krumlov/Tchechien they offert JK in all... 4:40 AM

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 »

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. Read more »

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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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Richard is better

The Tucker Foundation will be the subject of a special event on Wednesday June 27 at 7 pm, when WQXR’s Naomi Lewin (not pictured)…

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