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  • operaassport: If Speight is an Old Master, I must be Albert Einstein. 11:53 PM
  • Henry Holland: I went to the Long Beach production, there was no kerfuffle I could see. From Wikipedia... 11:49 PM
  • Flora del Rio Grande: Kenneth: He didn’t have to. Half of SanFrancisco had seen him in action. 11:40 PM
  • Flora del Rio Grande: Speight’s successor, from N. Z., is already on site working with the Old Master... 11:39 PM
  • DellaCasaFan: DSS, Your #2 question – actually 1/100 of 1% (that is, .01) owns 11% of the... 11:02 PM
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  • DeepSouthSenior: redbear, I’m always interested in knowing the facts behind sweeping generalizatio... 9:24 PM
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  • Will: I’ve been a big fan of Kevin Burdette for years–heR 17;s a great performer with a fine... 6:51 PM
  • Billys Butt: This is what the reviewer at backtrack has to say about Papatanasiu’ s Musetta: “She... 6:44 PM

Divinités du stacks

The noble Alceste of Kirsten Flagstad is but one of many fascinating live recordings featured in Opera Depot’s May Sale, with all new titles 40% off through Sunday, May 13. (And while you’re there, don’t forget to download this month’s freebie, a Rosenkavalier featuring Janet Baker and Helga Dernesch.)

Coupe de grâce

Those among the cher public who did not find enough Wagner in their Christmas stockings (or who are still reeling from the recent ROH travesty they called a Bühnenweihfestspiel) will be pleased to hear that our good friends at Opera Depot are currently offering a free download of Parsifal conducted by Hans Knappertsbusch at the 1963 Bayreuth Festival.

Free Anna

Bel canto fanciers, diva fanatics and freebie queens alike will be delighted to hear that the Met is offering 2,500 gratis tickets to the September 22 open dress rehearsal of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, starring Anna Netrebko in the title role. Read more »