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  • Arianna a Nasso: I don’t buy the financial argument. A visa application costs a company around $300,... 11:41 PM
  • Tamerlano: I was thinking Cher…and holy shit, She could throw that voice into overdrive at the top in... 11:21 PM
  • Greg.Freed: I have long felt that the linked clip of Turandot makes our Ghena look lamentably like Wednesday... 9:33 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: There was some speculation here a few days ago as to Neil Shicoff’s 40th... 8:09 PM
  • Fluffy-net: Why not go through the entire roster for Santa Fe and note where each singer is from? Include... 7:33 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Kruno, I really think you should just stop talking in circles and work on the atomic bomb. For... 5:33 PM
  • laddie: BTW, Costello and Perez also still listed for Dallas Opera’s Manon next March. 5:17 PM
  • Krunoslav: Thanks, Manou. I wouldn’t have hired her for Huddersfield on the basis of that- overbright... 5:00 PM
  • luvtennis: Good Lord! I am going to write a play for the two of you called “The English Agent.”... 4:08 PM
  • manou: Corpus delicti: https://vimeo.com/ 66344163 3:51 PM

Ultima voce del mio destino

Long rumored, here it is: Anna Netrebko sings “Suicidio!” from La Gioconda! Read more »

Not pretty or safe or easy

La Cieca hears that the Théâtre du Châtelet will continue its series of Stephen Sondheim productions with Passion, set to star Natalie Dessay (as Fosca, bien sûr!) and Lambert Wilson, with Fanny Ardant directing. Said Sternstunde will reportedly transpire in March 2016.

The seven percent solution

Anna NetrebkoYou figured it out a fortnight ago, cher public: “The Metropolitan Opera… said Wednesday that it was also asking its solo singers voluntarily to lower their fees, including some of opera’s biggest stars.” [New York Times]

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Battle of Broadway

Fall 2015 is the target date for an as yet untitled one-woman show based on the life of Kathleen Battle, scheduled to star Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

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Coeurs amoureux

La Cieca hears that the Met’s opening night of the 2018-2019 season will be a new production of Samson et Dalila featuring Bryan Hymel and Elina Garanca.

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È questo l’antico fascino che m’accieca!

If Facebook is to be believed, Anna Netrebko and “Azerbaijani tenor Yusif Eyvazov (age 37)” are engaged.

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Rumors addressed

Peter Gelb sent out an email to the “Public Bulletin Board” earlier today, noting that “inaccurate rumors [are] flying around” and attempting to clarify the Met’s position on upcoming union negotiations.

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Anna engaged? No.

According to the Facebook page of tenor Yusif Eyvazov (Des Grieux to Anna Netrebko‘s Manon in the Rome Opera Manon Lescaut), the two are “engaged.”

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Woman on the verge

Anna Netrebko sings “Sola, perduta, abbandonata” from Manon Lescaut at the Rome Opera, Riccardo Muti conducting.

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It’s today!

La Cieca’s spy informs her that the Met will announce its 2014-2015 “Wednesday evening.” Watch parterre.com starting at 4:00 pm tomorrow for up-to-the-minute coverage.

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