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  • Krunoslav: Netrebko’s hiring as Zerlina — at SFO, the Met or the ROH- was not a special case but... 3:21 PM
  • PCally: I hope it is. His Ernani was embarrassing. 3:02 PM
  • Lady Abbado: I’ve read or heard in an interview a while ago that Gheorghiu was offered Mimi for her ROH... 2:56 PM
  • armerjacquino: I’m not choosing to believe anything of the kind- nice attempt at derailing the... 2:55 PM
  • Krunoslav: Something must have made Peter Katona VERY sure what he was getting in Gheorghiu in 1992. If you... 2:47 PM
  • Tubsinger: I’m with you, Sanford. I love that recording; as much as I love Verrett, Troyanos does an... 2:45 PM
  • 98rsd: With Sutherland and Pavarotti at the Met, Fille didn’t need rescuing at all. 2:42 PM
  • Poison Ivy: As I said, you have some time and energy, and instead of devoting it to tracking every... 2:42 PM
  • kashania: While I agree mostly with your argument about casting Zerlina and Masetto, I disagree that they... 2:36 PM
  • Sanford: My favorite Carmen recording is Domingo/Troyanos/T e Kanawa and the luxury casting of Norma Burrowes... 2:13 PM

“Give me Kitty Carlisle any day!”

“On The Academy Awards [Lady Gaga] was a travesty. It was ridiculous, as it would be from any singer who treats that music in semi-operatic style.” So says Stephen Sondheim, who did not go on to offer opinions about Stephanie Blythe and Bryn Terfel in Sweeney Todd. [broadwayworld.com]

Sticks and stones

Here’s a story in which practically nobody in authority comes off well. Daniel Harding conducts a concert at La Scala that includes a selection from Tristan und Isolde, about which the Corriere della Sera‘s venerable critic Paolo Isotta snipes “Harding’s conducting was so soft it made you think he wanted to back the unfounded theory that Wagner was homosexual.” So then La Scala’s GM Stéphane Lissner kicks Isotta off the press list for the company: he can still review Scala events but will have to pay for his own ticket. [The Telegraph]

She said, he said

So Placido Domingo was all like, “Oh, that Anne Midgette is just a mean girl and she is SO JELLUS,” and then Anne was like, “Actually, nuh-uh, maestro, I’m so not.”

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or as we used to call it, “tuesday”

From Franco Corelli: Prince of Tenors: The battle between tenor and conductor reached a climax when Cillario denied Franco his ovation at the end of “E lucevan le stelle.” An infuriated Corelli flipped his overlong thumb to his teeth in disgust and ran offstage. The audience was left stunned, the orchestra still playing the ascending scale leading to Tosca’s entrance, and Tosca herself bursting on stage to find it empty and the audience buzzing around in a mini uproar. Backstage, Chapin saw Corelli screaming at Charlie Riecker, teeth clenched, eyes bulging. There was no time for discussion. Chapin grabbed Corelli [...]

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