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  • quibbleglib: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=JRSg OHQOVAQ 11:29 PM
  • quibbleglib: Well, this young tenor certainly sings the hell out of the role: httpsv://www.yo... 11:28 PM
  • La Valkyrietta: Puzzling. Maybe MMII got sick of the long winter and went somewhere. To Puebla?... 11:15 PM
  • Hippolyte: Bryan Hymel is singing Arnold at the MET. 11:04 PM
  • operaassport: Not for 99% of the dads who can’t afford to take time off every time a kid gets a... 11:02 PM
  • operaassport: They’re not 4000 seat theaters like the MET. Just in case you didn’t know. 11:00 PM
  • Camille: Kindest regards and thanks to all who have generously shared information on Roberto Devereux today.... 10:58 PM
  • williams: Comparisons between Florez & Camarena, it seems to me, are a fool’s errand. Aren’t... 10:39 PM
  • Camille: Donde esta Marshie, Guessie? 10:34 PM
  • Camille: I am afraid that MMII has find The Ultimate Bubble and left us forever. Let us wait and watch for... 10:26 PM

Goodness had everything to do with it

Although Rossini and his librettist Ferretti endeavored to cleanse their Cinderella of all things supernatural—no fairy godmother, no pumpkin transformed into a coach, no glass slipper, the Met stage was still filled with considerable magic Monday night when its dizzily effervescent revival of La Cenerentola starring Joyce DiDonato and Javier Camarena stirred a bewitched audience to some of the most ecstatic ovations heard this season.   Read more »

Fan service

It’s hard to come up with any sensible reason to dislike Joyce DiDonato. With performances at the Grammys, the last night of the proms, and HDs at the Met’s New Year’s gala, she’s become one of the most visible American opera singer of our time, second only to Renée Fleming. In recent years she has acquired a fan base of fierce devotion due in large part to her unprecedented and personal interactions with fans. In addition to a wonderfully detailed blog on which she recently took a stand for equal rights for the LGBT community, she has a YouTube channel dedicated to answering the questions of aspiring opera singers. Read more »

A place behind the sun

How better to launch this week’s general interest discussion than with a video of Joyce DiDonato singing “Over the Rainbow” at the Last Night of the Proms? Read more »

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Equal temperament

On the occasion of “the greatest party for Classical Music on the planet,” the Last Night of the Proms, mezzo Joyce DiDonato quietly (but audibly) takes a stand for equality.

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We’ll settle that tonight!

La Cieca has been wining, dining and otherwise wooing her Met connection (pictured above) and he (or is it she?) has come across with some tidbits about upcoming seasons at Casa Gelb.

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And the 2013 Pubies go to…

One startling upset catches the eye among the many winners (if that is the word) of the 2013 Parterre Box Awards.

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Teen spirit

La Cieca thought it would be amusing to do a bit of speculation about what’s to come as we approach the middle of the decade.

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Isle, cry tomorrow

I completely missed The Enchanted Island during the Met’s 2011-12 season, both in the house and in the HD presentation.  Even on Sirius, I had only heard snippets of the performance.

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Vil cutlet

True, Joyce DiDonato’s Mary spat out those fighting words in a tangy chest voice, but it was hard to believe she meant them.

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Wigs and weaves

It’s easiest to write reviews when there are soaring triumphs and miserable failures.

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