Cher Public

  • Camille: Don’t worry about fiddle-arcing. It is okay, whenever and wherever. I am highly unreliable myself, so no es problema!! 5:35 PM
  • Camille: Thank you so much Monsieur Hippolyte! I used to always go there–they have saved me so many dollars, but I’ve gotten... 5:34 PM
  • NPW-Paris: Camille I’m in a place so remote I can only reply by smartphone and it’s too fiddle-arsing. I hope to find time... 5:33 PM
  • Hippolyte: According to its website, the New York Public Library owns two circulating copies of the Gounod Polyeucte CD on Dynamic–a... 4:50 PM
  • Dolciamente Pipo: Sorry to butt in here, but I am such a huge fan of the Ediciones Singulares/Palazze tto Bru Zane survey of rare French... 4:46 PM
  • PCally: Well many consider Fruhling the hardest of the four songs. One virtually all recordings the soprano struggles a bit. Netrebko in... 4:41 PM
  • Orlando Furioso: It’s also worth mentioning that (as many of our knowledgeable readers are aware) the fact that Berg had completed... 4:01 PM
  • operaspike: I’m going again tonight; got the last best seat available in the house. And last night’s “Jenufa̶ 1; was... 3:56 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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