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Neue Urteufelin

Mattila ParsifalSince Waltraud Meier is retiring the role of Kundry as of the 28th of this month, it’s time for another great interpreter of Wagner’s sorceress to emerge. La Cieca nominates Karita Mattila (imagined here in a Stefan Herheim production of Parsifal, because, after all, one can dream!)

Il core vi dono

With February 14th falling on a Sunday, there will be no Valentine’s Day Met performance this year. However, Richard Eyre’s production of Manon Lescaut, starring Kristine Opolais and Roberto Alagna, premieres tonight, and the romantic Italian fare continues on Saturday with a matinee of Il trovatore and an evening twin bill of Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci. Read more »

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 »

Ariadne

Females on the beach

Karita Mattila is a gift to this planet.

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mehitabel

there s a dance in the old dame yet

Karita Mattila (pictured) sings a little Verdi.

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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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