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  • la vociaccia: Going out on a tremendous limb to say that you probably read/post on Il Corriere della grisi 4:09 PM
  • ML: ML’s best-ever Tosca was Eva Marton, with MTT conducting, LOL. Now shoot me! 3:55 PM
  • Clita del Toro: E abaniti o liu, trembaba tubbo Rhumba??? 3:51 PM
  • Clita del Toro: Kruno, where did you find that photo of “RobertoR 21;? Sorry, I don’t really... 3:47 PM
  • robertovillalba: Callas dramatic accent is her “voce piangente”, she sings everything like... 3:23 PM
  • ML: Invasion — check MH17 hit by separatists — check Russian equipment — check Bluevicks, I... 3:14 PM
  • Krunoslav: robertovillalba squeaked: “Callas lacks dramatic accent.” I HAFF SPOKEN!... 3:08 PM
  • Bluevicks: Well dear ML, if you are ”not sure”, why are you claiming that m.croche̵... 3:05 PM
  • Krunoslav: Jaho sang a wonderful Liu and a very good Cio-Cio-San in Philadelphia in 2009. She sounded a lot... 3:05 PM
  • ML: She sang a natural and vocally beautiful Violetta in Munich in May 2013, preferable to Damrau’s... 3:02 PM

Arms and the Menotti

“…it’s not enough that The Consul is an inch-deep trivialization of one of the most momentous and agonizing events of the modern era, Eastern Europe’s (ongoing) struggle against totalitarianism…. Menotti, astonishingly, managed to ratchet up the outrage even further: He wrote an opera ostensibly about the horrors of dehumanization in which the empty characters exist only to be manipulated for his ulterior motives. That’s one hell of a sick irony.” [Seattle Weekly]

O Caftan! My Caftan!

Unconcealed by the voluminous folds of this Jessyesqe muumuu is queen-sized talent Jeffery Roberson (also known as Varla Jean Merman), who will make his New York opera debut later this week, in, modestly enough, The Medium, everyone’s favorite supernatural Menotti Broadway slasher opera. Details for this event— which might have been genetically engineered to appeal to the mind of the average parterrian—follow the jump.   Read more »