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  • Olivero is my Drug of Choice: I saw ATS in the ’84 run of Lohengrin with Domingo and Marton. She was... 6:59 PM
  • Niel Rishoi: Mercadante, I looked up Leah Partridge on YouTube, and found this clip of her singing “Ah!... 6:55 PM
  • MontyNostry: I saw ATS quite a number of times. I didn’t think Tosca was her role either, but I can... 6:51 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: I love wearing fur in the cold, but have you seen the huge fur coat on Netrebko̵... 6:34 PM
  • armerjacquino: Thanks, Monty! I never saw ATS live- I was supposed to get her as Ariadne, but she cancelled... 6:31 PM
  • armerjacquino: To be fair to Romano, she was given a place in the final- although on the other hand, not all... 6:28 PM
  • MontyNostry: Mazel tov, armer! The whole opera’s a riot, so you should have fun, though the obvious... 6:25 PM
  • armerjacquino: I worked with Plowright’s sister at the end of last year, she’s a lovely woman.... 6:23 PM
  • steveac10: It’s been gone here for more than 30 years. As a vocal performance undergrad I got 1 hour a... 6:10 PM
  • dexter: It makes me feel very old (and god knows what it does to her) to realise that I heard Rosalind... 6:05 PM

You’ve got to taste all the fruit

F. Paul Driscoll, editor of Opera News [not pictured], is optimistic. He feels every age has potential to be golden, yet he adds that ‘we don’t know if it’s real gold until we rub it a little bit, do we?’ Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, who looks to Mick Jagger for performing tips, strives to make opera zing, ‘like when you break an orange peel and there is a spray of some fragrant zest,’ he says.” [NPR]

Below the belt

Three of the Met’s most cunning vocalists, Juan Diego Flórez, Joyce DiDonato and Diana Damrau, wrap their tongues around the trio from Le Comte Ory.   Read more »

“Spartans, tonight we dine at Picholine!”

greek_night“Greek night at opera canceled due to conflict” [Indiana Daily Student]

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zwacky!

La Cieca isn’t sure how all this sorts out or how it relates to opera, but as she understands it, the show our JJ is working tonight at Splash Bar New York (“Dorothy Bishop: Sexy, Sassy and Starving” at 8:00 PM) leads directly into another event that involves free booze.  

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another pull quote we never finished reading

“But perhaps the greatest delight was witnessing Richard Bonygne wielding his baton. Demonstrating a general air of ease (but levels of energy that one might have expected from someone fifty years his junior) …” [MusicOMH]

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