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  • lyrebird: Howdy Sutherlanders- Brian Adams’ La Stupenda’ also devotes pages to the Lucia first night and notes ”... 10:05 PM
  • Lohenfal: Bruschino, I don’t think that Gelb hates Fidelio or any other opera. It’s his way of looking at things. If he could... 9:22 PM
  • steveac10: And yet the Met seems to think the best way to use him is as Marcello in Boheme. Hopefully last years Germonts opened a few... 8:31 PM
  • operablogger: …and speaking of opera in the hinterlands (although Santa Fe is less “hinter̶ 1; than many other venues),... 7:52 PM
  • phoenix: Harteros was great, Ciccia – I didn’t care for her in Italian opera, but tonight she was great. Her voice... 7:38 PM
  • Signor Bruschino: Kind of off topic, but Fidelio popped into my mind yesterday and it’s lack of appearance at the Met recently.... 7:16 PM
  • laddie: Quinn Kelsey conquers Santa Fe in Rigoletto: http://tinyurl.com /o9nhnmb Definitely some of the best singing ever heard in Santa... 7:03 PM
  • antikitschychick: Great news; looking forward to Saturday’s broadcast :-). I suspected it would be a great role for her after I saw... 6:31 PM

Three nights in Paris

“Oh to be young and going to Paris for the first time,” exclaimed an elderly gentleman who donned his best sweatervest for a concert at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival this past August. Indeed, it is wonderful to be young and in Paris for the first time—in no small part thanks to the generous student discount schemes that make the performing arts so accessible to juvenile enthusiasts. Over the past three evenings, I have experienced no less than three extraordinary evenings of vocal music of the highest caliber, and it is my pleasure to share those experiences with you.   Read more »

“O, beware, my lord, of TRESemmé!”

Luxuriantly maned divos Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Roberto Alagna rehearse Otello. [via Facebook]

Evviva Las Vegas

Where else would you be this evening at 7:55, cher public, but in La Casa della Cieca whilst the season premiere of Rigoletto emanates from the Met? (Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

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O fatal “Don”

The Met’s performance of Don Carlo Friday night was a tragedy, but not for the reason Verdi intended.

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Leather underground

Putting in a little face time (and what faces!) at Charles Castronovo‘s cabaret at 54 Below last night were barihunk trifecta Erwin Schrott, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ildar Abdrazakov.

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new_puritans

Our retrospection will now be all to the future

La Cieca predicts you won’t be seeing any puritans at the Met next season, except of course for the ones who slouch around during intermission hissing, “You call that a trill?”

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Starless night

An understudy saved the show at the Met’s La Traviata Friday night, but no star was born.

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Northern stars

Winners of the seventh annual F. Paul Driscoll Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence, or, as they are colloquially known, the Opera News Awards, have been announced. Accepting the coveted “Effies” on Sunday, April 29 at The Plaza in New York City will be sopranos Karita Mattila and Anja Silja, baritones Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Peter Mattei, and director Peter Sellars. (Zany photo of Sellars by Alex Ross.)

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