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  • Porgy Amor: I can’t say i’m a huge fan of the slightly strangulated quality of his sound, though. In... 5:39 AM
  • Porgy Amor: For once, the famous “icy facade” fell away, and she seemed ready to giggle like a kid. The... 5:28 AM
  • Cicciabella: Dear FM, people who buy tickets, sometimes at inflated prices, on the basis of a starry cast... 5:15 AM
  • Cicciabella: Thank you, dear Camille. 4:59 AM
  • Archaeopteryx: Apart from being an eccentric, Tom Kaufman was a quite important figure in the assembly of... 4:49 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: PS: It’s also good to know that now Milano will be infected by Mary Zimmerman, who... 4:32 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: According to La Scala’s website for people under the age of 30 (linked to the main... 4:29 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: I even have a recording of that Trovatore from Wien. 3:34 AM
  • Porgy Amor: I am not sure if Chiara was “the” Aida in the 80s, but she was certainly a famous one, and I saw... 3:23 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: I didn’t say you cannot expect them at all but under THESE circumstances. Two repetory... 3:13 AM

Winged victory

“A wayward bouquet conked Kristine Opolais on her noggin during the ovation Friday night in La Rondine—but that was the only mishap in the Latvian soprano’s spectacular Met debut. Her coolly glamorous voice rose to the many challenges of the role of Magda, a Parisian courtesan who tries to live out a fantasy of finding true love in Puccini’s 1917 opera.” [New York Post]

I am missing the winter now

“One quick way to warm up: Watching tenor heartthrob Roberto Alagna, who’ll swing into town Sunday for a concert performance of Giordano’s Andrea Chénier with Opera Orchestra of New York. In this French Revolution epic, Alagna plays an idealistic poet who belts out a few hit arias before joining his beloved Maddalena (soprano Kristin Lewis) on the guillotine.” Our own JJ chooses hot tickets for cold months. [New York Post]

Working “Tito”

“After an uneven start to the season, the Met brought its A game Friday to a superb revival of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito.” [New York Post]

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Window of opportunity

You may recall a couple of weeks ago La Cieca spoke to Giuseppe Filianoti about the “lost” aria from Cilea’s L’arlesiana he had reconstructed to include in a concert performance of the opera.

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Breaking dawn

When Giuseppe Filianoti isn’t busy being one of the world’s more versatile tenors, he plays detective.

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Telling tales

“In the Met’s Tales of Hoffmann, Giuseppe Filianoti plays a poet defeated by life. In reality, the 36-year-old singer’s brush with tragedy had a far happier ending.” The tenor talks to Our Own JJ in the New York Post.

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Private dancer

Hunkentenor Giuseppe Filianoti performs a little “risqué business” in this trailer for a new production of L’elisir d’amore that opened last night at the Bayerische Staatsoper.

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