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  • Poison Ivy: Here’s a thought: I already said I could be wrong and La C has deleted the passage so relax... 1:25 PM
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  • Milady DeWinter: I agree, Peter – Hartig’s poetic line and lovely arcs of tone were beautiful to... 12:33 PM
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  • Quanto Painy Fakor: This is the BEST Jessye I have ever encountered!!! Love her ability to master an... 12:27 PM

Happy Birthday Eleanor Steber

Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of that superb American soprano Eleanor Steber. Read more »

O sommo Carlo!

In celebration of the 90th anniversary of the birth of Carlo Bergonzi, our friends at Opera Depot are offering discounts on their entire catalog of the legendary tenor’s performances, as well as a complimentary download of great moments from his career. (But aren’t they all?)

Happy Birthday Maria Meneghini Callas

Today* would have been the 90th birthday of the quintessential prima donna. The cher public are invited to comment, reminisce, and generally reflect on the artistry of this magnificent soprano. Read more »

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Happy Birthday Giuseppe Verdi

On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Swan of Busseto, La Cieca invites the cher public to share reminiscences of great Verdi performances—and YouTube clips, of course!

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Happy Birthday Anna Netrebko

The Met’s new Tatiana is 42 today.

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Happy birthday, Licia Albanese

The legendary verista and Verdian celebrates the (official) 100th anniversary of her birth today.

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Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Richard Wagner!

That most profound and controversial of all operatic composers was born 200 years ago today.

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Happy Birthday Anja Silja

The evergreen singing actress was born 73 years ago in Berlin.

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Per molts anys, Montserrat Caballé!

The legendary soprano celebrates her 80th birthday today.

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Happy Birthday Magda Olivero

The fabled verista celebrates the 103rd anniversary of her birth today.

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