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  • -Ed.: I grew up near Pittsburgh as well, Batty, and yes, given the choice we’d have said easterner and not mid-westerner. Not that... 3:54 PM
  • m. croche: Happy 4th of July, for those stateside: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=DuKg XoyQyoo 3:38 PM
  • phoenix: for the last time, bellisima donna anna di Repubblica Ohio: Perdonatemi – I made the mistake of 1) looking at the map of... 3:18 PM
  • Donna Anna: Well, for as long as I’ve been living here (over 30 years), I’ve always heard it referred to as Midwestern. The... 3:00 PM
  • Camille: Oh, that reminds me, vilbastarda, they dropped that priest reciting his expulsion of the heretics crapola in the Hytner Don Carlo... 2:35 PM
  • Batty Masetto: Now that the production has closed, there are rumblings from behind the scenes of considerable tension between the composer... 2:17 PM
  • Camille: Oh forget it. That’ll never happen. Wonder if I should to see the rest of her Ring in DC next year. Don’t want to get... 2:08 PM
  • Camille: What? Zambello got raped onstage? Ohimè!!!!! Povera donna!!!!!!! 2:03 PM

The winner’s tale

In a decision La Cieca doesn’t think anybody is going to dispute, the Richard Tucker Foundation has named mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton their 2015 award winner. Read more »

Let’s make it regal

Having heard a bit of the opening night broadcast and read some decidedly mixed reviews, I was totally unprepared for the remarkable performance of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena that I attended on December 15 at Chicago Lyric Opera.  Read more »

Running, jumping, or burning Gaul

Far be it from me to join the Schadenfreudian chorus of “Bye, Bye, Berti!” you may have been hearing in certain quarters, but the first thing I am duty-bound to report about San Francisco Opera’s Norma (of which three performances remain) is that they’ve hit the jackpot, coverwise. Russell Thomas, in for Marco Berti, is a very fine Pollione, at once elegant and heroic—a rare combination even in these tenor-rich times with so many worthy lyric singers. Read more »

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Roman holiday

Big changes in San Francisco’s Norma.

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The virgin Einspring

Jamie Barton will make her San Francisco Opera debut as Adalgisa in Norma for five of the opera’s seven performances on September 5, 10, 14, 27 and 30. Ms. Barton replaces Daveda Karanas, who has withdrawn from the production for personal reasons.

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The Met: What is to be done?

Coming as Peter Gelb did from the music industry, opera lovers hoped that he would display a more distinctive knack for casting and an improved talent pipeline than Joe Volpe offered during the waning years of his tenure.

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You don’t have to be Druids to love it

“The Met’s production, originally directed by John Copley, is still a hideous, confusing mess. But with Ms. Meade and Ms. Barton acting with moving subtlety, singing generously and feeling deeply, it was hard to care.”

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Sounds of silence

“Don’t sing anything but teensy bits of Mozart until you’re at least 40…”

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Love letter in the sand

Well done, littoraldrift!

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Second guess

“An earlier version of this post referred incorrectly to the gender of the mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton. Ms. Barton is a woman.”

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