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  • Porgy Amor: He also wrote the notes for a reissue of the Muti Ernani — whichever one came out around middle of last decade. 3:42 PM
  • Cicciabella: I hope he also got to review Jerry Springer, the Opera. Opera Britannia has good reviewers, but they need to spruce up the... 3:02 PM
  • m. croche: Sic transit gloria interretis. 3:01 PM
  • amoebaguy: I have not seen the production yet, although I have listened to an audio recording of it. It adheres to Kaye-Keck for the most... 2:38 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: I think that Herheim has done much better work when he has collaborated with the dramaturge Alexander Meier-Dörzenb... 2:37 PM
  • kashania: Indeed, a great film and great performances by McKellan, Fraser and L. Redgrave. Sadly, Sir Ian lost the Oscar to that buffoon... 2:04 PM
  • Rackon: Yes, God’s and Monsters is a wonderful film – McKellen should’ve won the Oscar that year. Director and star re... 1:02 PM
  • manou: Stephen Jay-Taylor, Opera Britannia. ‘I think the word I’m looking for to describe the opera is “unedifying”. I also think it... 12:51 PM

Halfy birthday

Friend of the box Andrew Whitfield (not pictured) is celebrating his birthday by slashing prices in half on everything in the Opera Depot catalog for the rest of the week. And there are free downloads, too!

Birthdays are celebrated when they are no longer dangerous

To mark the 90th birthday of Pierre Boulez, our friends at Opera Depot are offering a free download of excerpts from his epochal 1976 Ring cycle at Bayreuth as well as steep discounts on all other Bouleziana.

Happy Birthday Eleanor Steber

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

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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.

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Happy Birthday Maria Meneghini Callas

Today would have been the 90th birthday of the quintessential prima donna.

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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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