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  • peter: Rachel Willis-Sorensen was one of the bright spot on today’s broadcast. Not only is the voice... 8:27 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: As Dolores Gray sings in “It’s Always Fair Weather,” “Thanks a Lot But No... 8:13 PM
  • Grane: What did you think of the Countess, Bill? I came in on the Thursday radio broadcast at Sull’... 8:07 PM
  • DellaCasaFan: JML, Some voices came across clightly differently on radio. You could hear that Keenlyside... 7:59 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Satisfied: Entire production in black and white except for Maddalena in a red... 7:33 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Yes: Morley was totally swamped by all the other singers and the orchestra,... 7:31 PM
  • NPW-Paris: And Greece? 6:24 PM
  • Bill: The Met broadcast of Le Nozze di Figaro today was vocally rather wretched as well – the sextet... 5:58 PM
  • NPW-Paris: I know this isn’t the main point but your remark about Erin Morley was interesting. She was... 5:49 PM
  • Satisfied: JML: can you describe the concept (if any) of the production? 5:37 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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