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  • Greg.Freed: Fully off topic in any thread: years ago I had I guess a radio broadcast of the Elektra cast I heard in Houston in 1993:... 4:47 PM
  • Kassandra: I confess I am not a Puccini or a verismo fan, but they deserved better than this staging, costumes (unflattering), even acting... 4:41 PM
  • gustave of montreal: Kaufmann emasculated 4:17 PM
  • gustave of montreal: More singers should do it too instead of being subjected to that trash. 4:10 PM
  • gustave of montreal: Indeed it sucks big time. 4:07 PM
  • Constantine A. Papas: I stopped watching it. Unadulterated, twenty-four- carat garbage. And those dystrophic hips were visual insults. One... 3:43 PM
  • reedroom: Rawls has sung here in Seattle several times and while I would not say he is Del Monaco re-incarnated, he did well. Plenty of... 3:22 PM
  • chicagoing: Madonna could have helped him tone up those arms had they ever really gotten together as a couple. 2:44 PM

The Rusticana at the end of the universe

UPDATED: Jonas Kaufmann in a wifebeater is but one of the attractions of the Salzburg Easter Festival production of the double bill of Cavalleria rusticana, and Pagliacci, telecasts of which you can peruse after the jump. Read more »

Hustle & flu

Jonas Kaufmann has canceled his performance as Don José in Bizet’s Carmen this Saturday, March 7 matinee, as he is still ill with the flu and unable to travel to New York. Yonghoon Lee, who substituted for Kaufmann at last evening’s performance, has agreed to sing Don José on Saturday.

Rome invasion

Given that Jonas Kaufmann just canceled half his Met season and Anja Harteros is, well, Anja Harteros, La Cieca thought it would be interesting for us hinterlanders to hear what this duo sounds like when both show up to sing. Read more »

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Twenty years of pure hell!

“Speaking on Desert Island Discs, the German opera singer said that he and his colleagues felt as though they were in ‘straight-jackets,’ having to make diary commitments years in advance.”

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Beautiful stranger

Contrary to previous reports, Jonas Kaufmann says he is not dating Madonna.

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Manon Lescaut

The girl can’t help it

Join La Cieca and the parterriani this afternoon for a chat during the premiere of Manon Lescaut from the Bayerische Staatsoper.

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Pazzo

No! pazzo son! Guardate!

“La nonna rock è impazzita per Jonas Kaufmann definito il più bel tenore del mondo.”

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New Rock

A page right out of history

“This is obviously a difficult situation. But who knows Hans New Rock, knows his cool and objective aesthetic decision.”

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Speer pressure

One of the things that made François Girard’s 2013 production of Parsifal at the Met so compelling was the way he tried to make the tale of suffering and temptation relevant to a contemporary audience.

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Auto-da-fair

The Salzburg Festival has long had the image of this place where for a little over a month, the very best singers are brought together with the very best conductors and the very best directors to create the very best productions the opera world has to offer.

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