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  • Camille: Elina Garanca is a dramatic mezzo? To invoke Leonie, “Was ist das?” Her singing of Amneris would be comparable to... 12:05 PM
  • Camille: Yes, I know very well he was wonderful as Bacchus, as I had that recording of his from 1968-69 onward and played it into... 12:01 PM
  • Camille: It sounds waaaaaaay better here than it did later on, by the time we inherited her Komponist at the Metropolitan. The vibrato... 11:54 AM
  • oscar: Speaking of singers who sang everything at one time or another during the course of their career, our birthday girl Julia Varady:... 11:48 AM
  • Camille: Caftans being as normal in Lebanon as torn leather jackets are/were in the East Village, parkas in Alaska, bikinis in... 11:48 AM
  • messa di voce: Thanks for clarifying. 11:38 AM
  • Camille: One hopes Dorothy Bishop never encounters Renée Fleming in the frozen foods section of Trader Joe’s @ 72nd Street. Bloody... 11:34 AM
  • Camille: The first one worked for me and Sonya did sound fine. Let’s hope it sounds that way in the house. The second one said... 11:28 AM

La marguerite a fermé sa corolle

alagna_keenlyside“…whenever he was joined by the baritone Simon Keenlyside, who sang Rodrigo, the Marquis of Posa and Carlo’s devoted friend, Mr. Alagna opened up in every way.”

Well, wouldn’t you? [NYT]

E avanti a lui fischiava tutta Roma

Photo © 2009 Corrado Maria Falsini“A Zeffirelli, dopo le polemiche della vigilia che lo hanno opposto al soprano Daniela Dessì, da lui ritenuta non giusta per il ruolo di Violetta in questa Traviata, qualche dissenso misto agli applausi al momento di comparire in proscenio assieme a Gelmetti.” [Il Messaggero] Read more »

Le film d’artifice

rufus_seeing_eye_thumbCall this Prima Donna: The Opera: The Documentary: The Trailer. Plus it includes a glimpse of tween Rufus playing Scarpia.  Read more »

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Fortune’s fool

Have you heard the most recent update on the Franco Zeffirelli outburst earlier this week at the Rome Opera? In describing the apocryphal production of Traviata at Hamburg or wherever it was supposed to be (the one with the bidet, remember?) the legendary Romeo and Juliet director also said he saw upon the stage “”transessuali e froci.” “Froci,” as perhaps you know, means “fags.” This last slur was not reported in the Corriere della Sera.

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sissy goes to the opera

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the seventh veal

Calixo Bieito? Over! Peter Konwitschny?  Yesterday’s news! And David McVicar? Head for the showers! The new home of cutting-edge Regie is in little Seattle, my god, and who could have devised so utterly innovative and openly homoerotic take on Salome? Our Own Wenarto, of course!

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We’re here, we’re mainstream, get used to it

So, who said this? “… all opera hovers on the border of parody. No other performing art — except possibly dance — so exposes its practitioners to ridicule. Part of the thrill of opera is pitting sheer volume against human limitations, the constant awareness of the possibility of failure.” Was it James McCourt? Ethan Mordden? Wayne Koestenbaum? Enzo Bordello?None of the above, actually. Would you believe it’s Anne Midgette, writing in the New York Times? Can it be that the queer opera aesthetic has gone utterly mainstream? Or is it simply that (as La Cieca has so long suspected) Ms. [...]

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