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  • taminosboyfriend: Yes, it was indeed an excelent performance. There´s only a small cut in the children´s... 1:13 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Wow, even the teachers use music. How uncomfortable Bunnel appears in this video, which... 1:07 PM
  • quibbleglib: zinka — but what if I turn my speakers up really, really loud? ;) Did you get a chance to... 12:48 PM
  • Milady DeWinter: Has this Braunfels scene from Die Vogel ever been sung more beautifully? httpv://www.you... 12:47 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Interesting interview with LA Opera Christopher Koelsch in FORTUNE Magazine. He has a... 11:51 AM
  • DeepSouthSenior: Nor the utter, forsaken desolation of the end of Michael Corleone, as great an operatic... 11:35 AM
  • Milady DeWinter: P.S. Sorry about the repetitive adverb usage – guess my ‘mot du jour’ is... 10:55 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: But I don’t think the NYT cares much what Santuzza has to say or sing about. 10:52 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: JJ’s review is admirable and enjoyable to read. Now that the NYT has made heads... 10:51 AM
  • Milady DeWinter: Anyone listen or attend last night’s opening of Hansel and Gretel? I listened via... 10:38 AM

Battle of Broadway

La Cieca hears that there will be a little quasi-operatic activity on the Great White Way a year hence. Fall 2015 is the target date for an as yet untitled one-woman show based on the life of Kathleen Battle, scheduled to star Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o. (And before you ask, no, the playwright is not Terrence McNally!)

Divas merrily on high

Though Mission and Drama Queens may be receiving much of the attention of diva-lovers with holiday shopping lists, Cecilia Bartoli and Joyce DiDonato are not the only ladies who have recorded recitals this year featuring music from the 17th and 18th centuries.

In fact, 2012 has witnessed a near-avalanche of such CDs, many just out in the past several months. This first of two round-ups looks at new discs by Patricia Petibon, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Christiane Karg, Sandrine Piau and Véronique Gens.   Read more »

“Dispettosetto questo riccio!”

La Cieca supposes that maybe the reason Angela Gheorghiu doesn’t include any music from Manon Lescaut on her new “Homage to Callas” CD is that she can’t quite identify with the character? Read more »

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Blonde item

“It’s just that it seems rather perverse to have cast such opulent voices and then given them not much to sing…. the role of Anna Nicole would not stretch Danielle de Niese.” Loyal parterrian Jondrytay (not pictured) looked in on the Royal Opera’s Anna Nicole and shared this thoughts on his blog Not So Wunderbar.

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Happy Birthday Raina Kabaivanska!

The Bulgarian diva was born December 15, 1934.

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Mai più, mai più

This is the way the public used to greet the entrance of a beloved star, and La Cieca is very unhappy to think that she will never hear the like again.  

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From A to Zeani

An appearance by legendary diva Virginia Zeani is but one of the highlights of tomorrow night’s Marcello Giordani Foundation Concert and Dinner.

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The Quantification of the Diva: Upon Reflection

“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who are the greatest divas (Classic and Contemporary) of them all?” And the mirror replied, “I’ll tell you right after the jump!”

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The Quantification of the Diva: Part the Third

And now, cher public, let’s put today’s singers, the Contemporary Divas, under the microscope. How do they stack up?

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Anxiety, cum-blog vital, say divas

Monsters and Critics reveals: “Although acclaimed mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli has achieved almost everything there is to achieve in the world of classical music, she says she is still anxious ahead of every performance. In an interview with the German Press Agency dpa this week, the 44-year-old Italian opera star said a certain dose of stage fright is important to her career.” Now, about the cum-blog, after the jump.

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