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  • marshiemarkII: Yes it was Opolais, if I remember correctly it was a concert version somewhere in the east block (maybe Russia?), and I... 11:09 PM
  • Porgy Amor: Thanks for the report, marshie, but are you sure about seeing Opolais in YouTube of Don Carlo? I don’t think she has... 11:04 PM
  • marshiemarkII: Well gurls and assorted Qs, just passing by for a quick visit, but I didn’t want to leave the Qs wondering about how the... 10:53 PM
  • Kenhere: My argument is nothing like that. No blackface is not the sky falling. Mutual understanding and good faith would mark the ideal... 9:37 PM
  • operablogger: Leontyne Price was Aida in my very first opera, a touring production of the Met in the late 1960s when they came to... 9:32 PM
  • SF Guy: Martinez has also replaced Stoyanova in this summer’s Don Carlo in San Francisco with Fabiano, Kwiecien and Pape. 9:09 PM
  • Hippolyte: There is a bus for some but not all events at Bard SummerScape that leaves from near Lincoln Center and drops you off in from... 8:53 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: One of Arroyo’s Met Pinkertons was George Shirley!!! I wonder if he was made to wear whiteface? 8:50 PM

From the depths

I was greatly anticipating Karita Mattila’s recital on Friday in Toronto’s Koerner Hall. She has been one of my favourite singers of the last 20 years and had previously given me two great, live operatic experiences. The first was the Met Fidelio with Heppner and Pape in 2000. Her exhilarating performance blew the crowd away (I still remember the shivers I felt when she revealed her identity, throwing herself between her husband Don Pizzaro.)   Read more »

Females on the beach

Karita Mattila is a gift to this planet. Adulthood, as I am discovering, often involves wrapping oneself in layers of proper professionalism. Emotional nakedness—characteristic of my 15-year-old self when in drama class—becomes effortful or even unbearable. And then walks in a 53-year-old Finnish diva whose vulnerability is a life force. Read more »

there s a dance in the old dame yet

Karita Mattila (pictured) sings a little Verdi. Read more »

jenufa

Once Moravian, with feeling

New Yorkers hungry for an appearance by Karita Mattila (absent from the Met this season) will want to take a look at the Bayerische Staatsoper’s live webcast of Jenufa on Saturday afternoon.

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odorama

Scent of mystery

La Cieca has been sniffing around her generally reliable (and fragrant) sources, and she thinks she has pieced together a list of the dozen operas to be featured in the 2013-2014 season of “The Met: Live in HD.”

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Miss Mattila is ageless

La Cieca has managed to nab a few moments of video of tonight’s performance of Vec Makropulos from San Francisco, proving that Karita Mattila is indeed today’s ideal interpreter of the role of Emilia Marty. [Video]

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Second chance?

Okay, so here’s that Luc Bondy production of Tosca again, this time as seen at the Bayerische Staatsoper earlier this summer, with the “original cast” of Karita Mattila and the singer who did all the rehearsals in New York until the last week, Juha Uusitalo. They rehearsed again for the co-production in Munich for festival performances and a telecast.

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Alla cantata ancor manca la diva

Patricia Racette will sing the title role in Puccini’s Tosca on April 14, 17, 20, and 24 matinee, replacing Karita Mattila, “who is ill” — this just in from the Met’s press office.

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Math is hard

Here’s our dear Karita Mattila (left), currently occupied playing Émilie du Châtelet in the eponymous new opera by Kaija Saariaho.

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Grey lady meets dark lady

A video glimpse of the new Tosca, from the New York Times. The wig needs some major cleaning up.

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