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  • RobNYNY: Susanna is a very long role with one short aria. (Two alternatve short arias that are seldom... 9:27 PM
  • m. croche: Poor woodwinds! First they get distracted from their 12 week vacation by this lockout... 9:27 PM
  • danpatter: What a superb review. It has made me seriously consider buying this set, even though I have... 8:20 PM
  • La Cieca: Here is a link to JJ’s previous writing for the Observer: http://observer.co m/author/james... 8:12 PM
  • Satisfied: Wait, wait, wait…is this news or did I miss something!?! “Regular Column”?? If... 8:03 PM
  • La Cieca: This is as much information as the Met has released on this decision: all I can do is work from the... 8:01 PM
  • rofrano: None of those issues were raised TO YOUR KNOWLEDGE. You’re working with Eyre’s account,... 7:52 PM
  • manou: kash – not to mention any other kind of wind. (Yes, we are staying with the bad taste.... 7:37 PM
  • zzzznombula: MERCI, operacat, for this link!!! Can someone suggest a way to download and save this video? We... 7:24 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Here’s an example of a prompter in the pit without a proper box httpv://www.you... 7:12 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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