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  • PCally: Cocky, I’ve always wondered how Larsson managed to sound as sensational as she does in the Parsifal video and your story is... 5:13 PM
  • PCally: Camille I have not heard the Forza either but the general criticisms are that Carreras is both exceptionally over parted and past... 5:12 PM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: I was thinking about this yesterday Camille – how I’ve been to quite a bit over this season at the ROH, and... 5:07 PM
  • Camille: Why does everyone hate the Sinopoli FORZA?????? I don’t know it at all but the cast seems pretty first rate — It made me go... 5:04 PM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: I did meet Plowright 4 or 5 years back – I had a 2 hour singing lesson with her, which was pretty interesting. She... 5:02 PM
  • Camille: Hope they found him a costume by now! In bocca al lupo. 4:52 PM
  • Camille: The lower voices–Samie l in particular–a re all really quite good. Very effective and lively tempi the wonderful and... 4:49 PM
  • PCally: Thanks Armer, I’ve always been meaning to track down the Trovatore but have never gotten around to it. I’ll probably... 4:45 PM

Have you seen the proconsul?

Calleja NetrebkoLa Cieca hears that Joseph Calleja will sing Pollione opposite the Norma of Anna Netrebko at the Met for opening night 2017. The pair will be reprising roles they introduced at that Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in September 2016. (Photo: Ken Howard)

Doge days

Boccanegra 1That Placido Domingo and James Levine, the Met’s inexorable septuagenarians, would team up yet again—on April Fools’ Day, no less—for a revival of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra occasioned an uncomfortable degree of doubt and dread.  Read more »

Out of the frying pan

Met press office: “Following today’s earlier announcement of his cancellation,  Joseph Calleja has recovered and now plans to sing Edgardo in this evening’s performance of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor as originally scheduled.”   Read more »

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The kids are not all right

“’They’re young… they’re in love… and they kill people’ goes the tagline for the 1968 film Bonnie and Clyde, but the slogan could apply almost as well to the outlaw pair at the center of the Metropolitan Opera’s white-hot revival of Massenet’s Manon.”

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Macbeth

Hysterical blondeness

Wednesday brought the Met’s “real” season opener, an indelible, indispensable night at the opera: a starry revival of Verdi’s Macbeth crowned by Anna Netrebko’s demented Lady.

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Where the boys are

When Norman Lebrecht is declaring on an almost daily basis that classical music is dead, it’s perhaps heartening that four of today’s prominent tenors have recently released what might be called fluff/vanity albums.

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B. F. deal

Tenors Bryan Hymel (pictured) and Joseph Calleja redeem otherwise routine Puccini revivals at the Met, says Our Own JJ in the New York Observer.

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Forever plaid

Starting right this minute, Lucia di Lammermoor starring Diana Damrau and Joseph Calleja, webcast by Sonostream!

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The case of the missing vehicle

La Cieca’s sources tell her that a planned revival of Faust at the Met in the fall of 2014 has been canceled, because who wants to see that ugly thing again, or else the leading lady didn’t feel like singing it, whichever.

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Tour de farce

UPDATE, Tuesday, 7:45 AM: The Met sent out a press release at 1:27 AM New York time today announcing major changes to its roster for the tour of Japan this month. La Cieca has revised the following gossip item (which appeared at 11 PM last night) to reflect the Met’s confirmations. 

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