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  • parpignol: you’re right, I’m wrong; I was thinking of the roles being stylistically very remote, but obviously lots of... 3:44 PM
  • RosinaLeckermaul: I believe Leona Mitchell also sang both roles. 3:40 PM
  • tiger1: Parpignol, I wonder why you would think that nobody would sing both Mme Lidoine and Mme Butterfly? It would seem more surprising... 3:31 PM
  • Feldmarschallin: http://www.spiegel .de/kultur/musik/w agner-in-bayreuth- tristan-und-isolde -premiere-gelungen -a-1045368.html Evelyn... 2:52 PM
  • armerjacquino: Might as well go to the fons et origo: Leyla Gencer played Butterfly. 2:26 PM
  • oscar: Leontyne Price and Teresa Stratas sang both Butterfly and Lidoine to name just a couple more. I don’t doubt there are/were... 2:20 PM
  • armerjacquino: I guess we’ve got used to heavy lyrics singing Butterfly, but Dal Monte and Albanese did it back in the day… 2:17 PM
  • parpignol: point taken 2:11 PM

Where your hard-earned donations to NYCO go, part who knows I’ve lost track

mortier_baker“The New York City Opera, which just reported a $19.9 million deficit in 2008-09, paid Gerard Mortier $400,000 for his stint as part-time general-manager in-waiting.” [Bloomberg News]

Gettin’ Ligeti Wit It

macabreWhen invited to participate in a discourse on artistic standards (hello, internet!), it’s easy — pleasurable, even — for an aesthete to bray about “the fall.” Where are the true heldentenors? Your kingdom for a Callas! (Or a Stratas, or a Rysanek!) And might the public, at long last, deserve a stable of directors who possess the good sense to avoid both the trope-y familiar as well as the ill-advised pathways of, ugh, the modern? Read more »