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  • Krunoslav: The thread topic suits this: In a review of PORGY at Spoleto USA today, James Oestreich praises the Sportin’ Life of... 11:35 PM
  • La Cieca: Then again, in early April daytime temperatures in St Perersburg average around 5 to 8 degrees Celsius, I.e., low 40s F. As I... 11:06 PM
  • Signor Bruschino: I don’t know about Graham Vick. He seems to be the type of director who doesn’t read the libretto. His... 10:22 PM
  • Alex Baker: Ugh…managed not to screw up anyone’s name this time but failed to run a NornCheck (TM)… 9:34 PM
  • Krunoslav: Stoyanova does not have Lisa on the repertory list on her website. 8:49 PM
  • Betsy_Ann_Bobolink: Va, Pierce Arrow? 8:21 PM
  • actfive: My ancestors came from County Fermanagh and I think they’d be honored to be used as a musical term… 8:17 PM
  • Porgy Amor: An infamous production. Whenever the anti-Gelbites get nostalgic for the Volpe years, when, in a rosy revisionist view, all... 7:59 PM

When the naysayers ‘nay’ you pick up your pace

“Chee’s novel charts Berne’s course from the mid-19th-century snowbound Minnesotan frontier, to the tents of a roving circus troupe, to the bowels of the Tuileries in Second Empire France, to the basket of a hot-air balloon hurtling away from Paris during the bloodshed of the Commune. Along the way, there are cameos from the likes of Giuseppe Verdi, Ivan Turgenev, George Sand, Emperor Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie, the courtesan Cora Pearl, and, most fascinating of all, the Comtesse de Castiglione, Imperial mistress and likely spy.” [Vogue]

Small and funny and fine

The already legendary performance of that role of roles Madame Rose by the ineffable Imelda Staunton may now be seen on YouTube (right after the jump, in fact!)   Read more »

Feel the early morning madness

Glenn Close‘s Norma Desmond is back. The actress will reprise her Tony-winning role as a faded silent movie star in London next year in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, the second musical theatre production in the English National Opera’s partnership with the GradeLinnit Company.” [Hollywood Reporter]

Coloraturafan as Raoul

Your Coloraturafan dollars at work

The first two installments of Coloraturafan‘s interview series are now live.

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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.”

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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.

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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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