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  • zinka: Liked Francesca a lot…but Eva as Santuzza has a horrendous tremolo…Good lows,dramatic&#... 1:40 PM
  • redbear: On the news tonight in France, a concert by Juliette Greco (88 years young). 1:33 PM
  • moi: Actually Isokoski’s retirement from the operatic stage is linked to Ariadne. She was singing it... 1:30 PM
  • armerjacquino: Verrett said in her autobiography that it was supposed to be her. 1:29 PM
  • Arianna a Nasso: Regading the Solti Carmen, I had heard it was to be either Verrett (who premiered... 1:08 PM
  • Bill: Isokoski, even in middle age, end of last year had a very fluid Ariadne in Vienna (Thielemann... 12:33 PM
  • PCally: It took me so long to love her. When I first heard her I found the voice to be matronly and stodgy.... 12:32 PM
  • phoenix: Haven’t heard Mattila since she did Ariadne last year – around that time I also heard... 11:52 AM
  • PCally: I love her Elisabeth but her French is close to incomprehensible. I don’t mind that so much... 11:52 AM
  • armerjacquino: She’s sung in French before, most famously in the Bondy DON CARLOS. And the Marschallin... 11:46 AM

Another sloe-eyed vamp

yvonne

“Since its 1987 premiere, this Franco Zeffirelli production has transitioned from breathtaking to tasteless to endearingly camp.” [JJ in NYP]

Statuesque puzzle

La Cieca invites the newly reunited cher public to participate in an archeological dig scavenger hunt puzzle quiz promoting the new “Sacrificium” CD from Cecilia Bartoli.

Ready to play? Well, first you have to answer this question:

Farinelli’s remains were exhumed in 2006 from this cemetery in Bologna?

Most of you surely know the answer, of course, and those of you who don’t certainly know how to google. So, anyway, once you’ve identified the cemetery, you go to the puzzle site, enter that name, and get a piece of the puzzle. Whee!

After that, you may ask Daniel Stephen Johnson for the next clue.

Sex, Lies & Octavian

sexlies

“She was pretty but blank onstage back then, but Tuesday night’s opening performance found her too far the other direction, transforming the ironic, moody aristocrat into a Lifetime movie drama queen.” [NYP]

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Alpine Nile

JJ reviews the Met’s current revivals of Aïda and Il barbiere di Siviglia in the New York Post. Meanwhile, the Times leads with the boos.

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Three quarters of a crazy day

Our JJ‘s review of the Met’s revival of Le nozze di Figaro didn’t make it into today’s New York Post for reasons that you should be able to figure out once you’ve read the piece. At the suggestion of his editor, La Cieca is publishing it here. 

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Non la suspiria, la nostra casetta

“Tosca is no highbrow psychological study — it’s an operatic slasher movie.” [NYP]

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All fall down

Our Own JJ (not pictured) nominates the can’t-miss operatic and vocal events of the autumn of 2009. [NYP]

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Sax change

Notorious cumblogger JJ has finally cleaned up his mess. [New York Post]

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petal pusher

Our Own JJ reviews A Flowering Tree in today’s New York Post.

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a festive burg

“Thrilling musical ideas rapidly alternate with banalities, as if Meyerbeer feared he was writing for an audience with the attention span of a gnat.” Our Own JJ weighs in on Les Huguenots in the New York Post.

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