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  • Cicciabella: Did ZDF broadcast only a part of the programme? In any case, there were many goodies. I listened mostly rather than watched... 5:53 AM
  • Camille: I, too, have always wondered what ‘might have been’ had Mr Gentele not died so unexpectedly and so young. It was... 11:30 PM
  • Camille: Thanks für Brangänens Warnung, Jungfer!! Gotta love it! httpv://youtube.co m/watch?v=RbgVBcQB XKw I’ll take your Jonas and... 11:24 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: While you were out watching “High Sierra,” you missed the Baden-Baden gala which featured... 10:54 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Bill, you are of course correct about “Jenufa̶ 1; being sung at the Met first in German, then in... 10:51 PM
  • Bill: Jungfer – true, but I believe that Gentele and Kubelik had planned the new Jenufa (with Teresa Kubiak) and it was sung in... 10:36 PM
  • Camille: Saluti allo Maestro di Catania, PIPPO— httpv://youtube.co m/watch?v=Bt13iDJE 4nk The young, unspoiled and breathtaking voice.... 10:24 PM
  • Camille: “Schweig — Schweig . . .” VORHANG 9:51 PM

Don’t axe me why

Conceived to showcase homegrown star soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, the Metropolitan Opera’s much vaunted so-called “Tudor Ring” of three royal operas by Donizetti got off to a bumpy start Saturday afternoon with a revival of Anna Bolena that stubbornly refused to cohere either musically or dramatically.   Read more »

The devil is in the details

Certain operas are better in theory than practice. Boito’s Mefistofele has some undoubtedly fine tunes, and is perhaps neck-and-neck with Boris Godunov as a top bass star vehicle. But as an opera, it only works in fits and starts. For one, the fidelity to Goethe’s Faust gives the libretto a rather episodic, detached feel.

Gounod’s Faust might be a lot cheesier but it’s also more tightly focused and thus better theater. Boito’s opera has some some stunning choral work in the Prologue and Epilogue, a famous tune in Margherita’s lament “La altra notte” and an extremely enjoyable “Walpurgis Nacht” act but also a lot of filler. It’s not a long opera but it feels endless.   Read more »

Ufa the top

Here’s the winners of the Ildar Abdrazkov Quiz, Bluebeard and Krunoslav!   Read more »

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Ildar pursuit

Our good friends (and advertisers) at Maestro Artist Management have been wondering just how much you, the cher public, know about Ildar Abdrazakov.

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Gazing into the future

When she has sung her songs

Given Anna Netrebko‘s continuing success at the Met in Macbeth (as evidenced by an mid-scene “brava” in last night’s Sirius broadcast), it’s time to think about the future—specifically her local assignments for next season.

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Leather underground

Putting in a little face time (and what faces!) at Charles Castronovo‘s cabaret at 54 Below last night were barihunk trifecta Erwin Schrott, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ildar Abdrazakov.

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