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  • grimoaldo: Happy Birthday WCO and many thanks as always for your wonderful birthday postings here, always... 9:43 AM
  • DellaCasaFan: LOL. BUT, there is a counter-sexist joke: Q. Why are soprano jokes all one-liners? A. So tenors... 9:28 AM
  • laddie: Thank you so much, !!! 9:12 AM
  • Will: Another difference between American and European audiences and opera companies is that in Europe there... 9:08 AM
  • armerjacquino: Is it cuttable? 8:51 AM
  • armerjacquino: That reminds me of the mathematician, the architect, the actor and their dogs. A scientist is... 8:41 AM
  • armerjacquino: ‘Stagehand&# 8217; means something different in the UK to the US. In the US it’s... 8:38 AM
  • manou: Per molti anni WCO – your efforts are always much appreciated. Eat cake and have fun. 8:35 AM
  • armerjacquino: Bravo. 8:34 AM
  • Walther von Holzhaufen: Have a wonderful birthday, Windy City Operaman! And thank you for your birthday... 8:27 AM

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Christine Goerke is the Prima Donna in this scene from Francesca Zambello‘s Glimmerglass production of Ariadne auf Upstate New York, and Did I Mention That the Komponist is a Dyke? (Photo: Karli Cadel / The Glimmerglass Festival)

Dish night

“Superstar soprano Deborah Voigt and powerhouse opera and theater director Francesca Zambello, friends for over 25 years, came to 92Y to talk opera, inspiration, artistry and friendship.” Read more »

A coupla white chicks sitting around talking

“On Wednesday, April 23rd at 8:15 PM, renowned soprano Deborah Voigt and opera and theater director Francesca Zambello, friends for over twenty-five years, join to discuss opera, inspiration, artistry and friendship. Ms. Zambello and Ms. Voigt have challenged stereotypes while building brilliant careers and navigating the high-flying demands of an international opera profession.”

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La vita e Club Inferno

What, you might ask, could a middle-of-the-road middlebrow stage director add to this monumental chef-d’oeuvre?

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June Anderson!

Busting out

June Anderson will make the transition into the “Anne Revere” segment of her career next summer when she sings the role of Elvira Griffiths in Tobias Picker‘s An American Tragedy at the Glimmerglass Festival.

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Steppin’ 2 the Nile Side

La Cieca would like to take this opportunity to extend kudos to Francesca Zambello and the Glimmerglass Festival on what looks to be their season’s first smash hit: a new production of the classic musical Dreamgirls.

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Fairy-lit

It was dear Oscar Wilde, wasn’t it, who devised that early mot du jour “Good writers borrow; great writers steal”…

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Ring around the Bay

Here goes with the End of the Gods and the End of these Ring reviews:  Götterdämmerung was more of a mixed bag than the other operas, but still left a powerful impression. This was where Zambello’s choice to steer clear of heavy spectacle was most evident to me. The cost in grandeur was offset by an absence of dumb bombast and a gain in intimacy and character definition. I don’t know how well that last factor would hold up in a revival director’s hands, but on the whole she made the approach pay off handsomely.  

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Bloomberg onions

The multi-slashed Manuela Hoelterhoff (Bloomberg editrix/spouse to disgruntled New York City Opera intendant manquée Francesca Zambello/grouch emeritus) dipped her goose quill in venom this morning once again to take on her favorite subject, i.e., how NYCO has gone to hell in a handbasket ever since they didn’t hire her girlfriend to run the place. 

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A woman running City Opera? Unheard of!

“Zambello, a busy stage director, should have become director of New York City Opera a few years back but was rejected by a sexist board.” [Lebrecht] On a completely unrelated note, happy birthday Beverly Sills!

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