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  • La Valkyrietta: But divine, divine, divine Corelli did do it on stage, not only with our Andorra lady, with... 8:29 PM
  • La Valkyrietta: Camille dahling, I guess you are not around. I don’t even know if you saw the nice... 8:00 PM
  • m. croche: Good catch. Maxe might be interested in following up on footnotes 59 and 76. 7:45 PM
  • la vociaccia: I am unflappably impressed at your willingness to interact with such a myopic, racist fuckwad 7:31 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Here’s a very interesting article about the scandal that erupted when Grace Bumbry sang at... 7:20 PM
  • LT: Height discrepancies shouldn’t be an issue in comic operas. 7:12 PM
  • Krunoslav: DSS Bear in mind your feelings about short tenors if you ever get the chance to see Alessandro... 7:00 PM
  • Krunoslav: yes, and neo-nazis protested and german theaters and continue to use outrageous stereotyping us of... 6:49 PM
  • maxe: Just a thought: why is race such an overwhelming subject in that wretched country called the US of A?... 6:25 PM
  • phoenix: Good! 5:57 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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