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  • zinka: YOU need to run the MET..La Cieca can be an usher….. you write (like James) so beautifullyR... 6:58 PM
  • zinka: Hi>>I am not saying that singers today cannot be superb..BUT who has the “Muzio... 6:56 PM
  • antikitschychick: Don’t know that she necessarily chose him…perhaps he was the most qualified to... 6:40 PM
  • antikitschychick: How wonderful to hear she was so nice and down to earth :-) thanks for sharing your lovely... 6:35 PM
  • antikitschychick: Ivy you’re probably right about the total devotion thing (as you’ve... 6:30 PM
  • SilvestriWoman: I only met her briefly, but Freni was as down to earth as can be. As I waited for a coaching... 6:24 PM
  • Camille: Gracias, NPW. Very interesting to hear Mo. Biondi had this to say in re Vivaldi and helps me a... 6:19 PM
  • veal seduttore: The Kaufmann Ferrando is astonishing, not only for how good it is, but how unrecognizable his... 6:19 PM
  • La Cieca: He sings Otello, Canio and some other heavy, hard-to-cast parts, so he likely can get plenty of... 6:18 PM
  • LogeLizard: Yikes. Verdi baritones, I meant. 6:10 PM

Abs of a Soldier

La Cieca has obtained this photo of Thomas Hampson headlining Camouflage Night at Powerhouse, uh, rehearsing for Heart of a Soldier at the San Francisco Opera. You can tell the scene is Northern Rhodesia in 1962, because that is where the British military first started offering complimentary personal training packages to their troops. Read more »