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  • pirelli: No opera company should ever attempt Threepenny Opera. WAY WAY too much dialogue (IMO it’s... 11:18 PM
  • steveac10: I read that the same way. Ironically it Joe’s old stomping grounds (the backstage... 11:11 PM
  • La Cieca: I’m calling “William R.” a liar for posting that original kvetch, and I... 10:53 PM
  • bluecabochon: If you don’t like my posts, you are free to delete them. Not entirely sure exactly *who*... 10:47 PM
  • La Cieca: And which union is the one that protects bare-faced liars like the one who posted this smear? 10:37 PM
  • bluecabochon: I actually posted this link to offer a glimpse of union members who are not the better-known... 10:35 PM
  • La Cieca: A source who asks to remain anonymous but who has over the years provided extremely accurate... 10:17 PM
  • Chirper: If you read the Times account, it sounds like both Gelb and Gordon blinked—the former by... 10:13 PM
  • ML: Lebrecht is on it: “Gelb Blinks”! 9:42 PM
  • ML: Indeedy. 9:40 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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