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  • MontyNostry: Indeed. I was thinking about singers of the role at Covent Garden, but ENO have at least latched... 3:06 AM
  • Rackon: I’m SO happy to hear all the praise for Stephen Powell! I heard him in ’06 or ’07... 12:53 AM
  • coloraturafan: First time I heard Powell live, I was very impressed. It was a May Festival performance of... 12:08 AM
  • la vociaccia: And I’d like to add that in spite of her flaws, Meade is still a seriously major talent,... 11:00 PM
  • la vociaccia: I hear what you are saying, but it really isn’t her fault that those who sing better... 10:37 PM
  • La Valkyrietta: Thank you, that was fun. 10:34 PM
  • kennedet: I’m more concerned about the vibrato which seems to have fluctuated to a slower pace. It... 10:30 PM
  • guy pacifica: I’ve seen Meade live a couple times recently and she’s noticeably thinner that she... 10:26 PM
  • Krunoslav: Yes, Hippolyte, I agree– just an awful box-cutter of a sound; she made Victoria Vergara... 10:24 PM
  • la vociaccia: It’s sort of ridiculous when you consider how bad some of the recent baritones in Verdi... 10:19 PM

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.”

La vita e Club Inferno

O Nomi tutelarAh, dear Giuseppe Verdi and his masterpiece La forza del destino! Truly, this is a work with everything: romance, tragedy, religion, revenge, coincidence, mistaken identity, monks of varying dispositions and even an annoying gypsy vivandière. So what, you might ask, might a middle-of-the-road middlebrow stage director imagine would enhance this monumental chef-d’oeuvre?

Well, if you’re Francesca Zambello, the answer is easy: “More pole dancers!” Read more »

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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La Dappertutta

Providing continuing proof that at any given time there are only about a dozen opera administrators in the entire universe, the currently restructuring Washingon National Opera has selected as its artistic advisor the otherwise criminally underemployed Francesca Zambello.

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