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  • Rudolf: @ phoenix Rusalka … To me, the Prince is weak. Nothing heroic about him. He succumbs too quickly to the Foreign Princess.... 11:42 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Great review! More to come from you please!!! 11:13 PM
  • le cerf agile: Just an observation on potential prosody in my comment above, and no mockery of AI’s writing was intended! As... 10:54 PM
  • Porgy Amor: Has Serafin performed since her severe injury in December? 10:49 PM
  • le cerf agile: …and the phrase “counterintu itive tessitura” when set to music would probably end up as yet more... 10:37 PM
  • rapt: Has anyone noted here that Racette is replacing Serafin for the upcoming run of Il Tabarro at ROH? 9:31 PM
  • mjmacmtenor: The “aria” (stubby fingers) 9:05 PM
  • mjmacmtenor: Like many I first fell in love with this opera through this artists classic (and frequent) performance of the Rica.... 9:04 PM

Dearly beloved

Mezzo Rinat Shaham takes a short break from being the world’s busiest Carmen and rehearsing for the theatrical concert “The Sorrows of Young Werther” to dish with your doyenne. Read more »

Return of the king

Fifteen years after his first parterre box interview, that criterion of countertenors David Daniels speaks of Oscar Wilde, Marilyn Horne, marriage and political art. Read more »

Her maestro’s voice

Our Own Poison Ivy interviews conductor Alain Altinoglu over at her own blog, Poison Ivy’s Wall of Text. (Photo © Fred Toulet.)

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The world on a string: talking to Jamie Barton

American mezzo Jamie Barton, who has steadily been winning fans in the US over the past few years for her rich and nuanced singing, took the international opera world by storm last weekend by winning both the Song Prize as well as the overall prize in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition.

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The Beatrice generation

Beatrice di Tenda was a problem child, Vincenzo Bellini an alternately protective and disparaging parent.

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Transparency

Opera Teen (pictured, second from left) is not kidding us: he had an interview with Peter Gelb.

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The man behind the mask

Recently your doyenne engaged in an email-based interview with David Alden, director of the Met’s new production of Un ballo in maschera, opening on Thursday.

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Wunderkinder in mirror are larger than they appear

Composer Nico Muhly took a break between operatic world premieres to order a daiquiri and talk to our own JJ about height, haters and flight path. [Capital New York] (Photo: Peter Ross)

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Anna, in her own words

I was on the bus to Nürnberg today on the way to do Wagner tourism and hear Herr Sacro Fuoco tomorrow, and on the way I translated the juicy bits of the full print edition Anna Netrebko article… I was going to post it as a comment but it turns out I thought a lot of it was interesting (and touches on many of the points that have come up in the comments to the excerpt!) and it ended up long. So here is a translation minus the parts that were already posted and some parts I thought weren’t that [...]

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A great maestro gives an interview

Though Margaret Juntwait may have caught him pitifully unprepared, James Levine did say a few words for those lovely people among the Sirius audience last night during the intermission of Ariadne. Those of you who missed this singular event may want to take a peek after the jump.

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