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  • Krunoslav: “as close to a rock star as the Met has produced from its male roster this season,” The... 12:20 AM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: Kermes! Guaranteed sell-out. 12:18 AM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: Ow! 12:16 AM
  • Krunoslav: Yep, and she has already sung Semiramide, at Carmoor with Genaux, Brownlee and Mobbs in 2009, and... 12:08 AM
  • FomalHaut: This was my EXACT response (who will sing Semiramide?!) — my guess is JdD or perhaps Meade. 12:06 AM
  • La Cieca: Meade sang the complete role of Semiramide in concert at Caramoor in August 2009. httpv://www.yo... 12:03 AM
  • Batty Masetto: Too much twirling. 12:03 AM
  • Poison Ivy: She’s scheduled for Mathilde in Torino next month. 11:59 PM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: Meade? Has she even sung any Rossini, let alone do Semiramide? 11:53 PM
  • Krunoslav: “Tucker sang… all the Puccini except Calaf” Well, as has been said, he DID sing... 11:47 PM

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 recorded what might be called fluff/vanity albums.

Joseph Calleja released an album of eclectic love songs, named (what else?) Amore. Hot on its heels is Vittorio Grigolo’s foray into an equally eclectic mix of religious songs, Ave Maria. On a slightly less fluffy level are Rolando Villazón’s album of Mozart concert arias, intriguingly entitled Mozart, and Juan Diego Flórez’s foray into the French spinto/heroic repertoire, named, naturellement, L’amour.   Read more »

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. (Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

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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Duke season

Quoth the Met press office: “Piotr Beczala will sing the Duke in Verdi’s Rigoletto on Thursday, January 27, replacing Joseph Calleja who is ill.”

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calleja will sing met hoffmann

It’s been rumored, but you know how La Cieca feels about rumors. Anyway, here’s some solid proof that Joseph Calleja has been engaged for the Met’s new production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann set for a December 3, 2009 opening.

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Is it just me, or does Joseph Calleja sound simply amazing? La Cieca asks: is there a better lyric tenor out there today?

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