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  • danpatter: That’s a real find! Thanks for sharing this. I’d never heard her before. 8:18 PM
  • kashania: It’s true. I may have been optimistic there. 6:59 PM
  • mia apulia: like a forgotten bad dream from many years ago, suddenly recalled 5:46 PM
  • armerjacquino: Yep. One note does not a role make, but I can’t see Mattila relishing the idea of... 5:32 PM
  • moi: I can agree somewhere, that Mattila’s acting does not seem as intuitive as it was once… well... 5:31 PM
  • aulus agerius: I doubt if Mattila can produce the high Cs anymore. They were very strained even 8 years ago... 5:23 PM
  • kashania: Yeah, the fourth act of Manon Lescaut was actually very good. I, too, think that Minnie would work.... 5:18 PM
  • littoraldrift: While I generally think Mattila should just steer clear of Italian roles — the Manon... 5:12 PM
  • armerjacquino: I like this review from Seth Colter Walls. http://www.theguar dian.com/music/... 3:16 PM
  • armerjacquino: Bloody hell, Classical Barbra is every bit as cringey as I remembered. 3:09 PM

Single lady

Anna Netrebko21C Media Group confirms: “Soprano Anna Netrebko and bass-baritone Erwin Schrott have amicably ended their relationship after six years because of their ‘demanding schedules and the resulting constant time apart,’ Anna Netrebko said in a statement. She added, ‘We treasure the time we spent together and of course remain devoted parents to our son, Tiago. We are also committed to honoring our scheduled joint professional appearances and to continuing the charitable work of our foundation. I am now happily focusing on my life as a mother and my career as a singer.’ There will not be any further statements, and Ms. Netrebko respectfully asks for privacy at this time.”

Old testament

La Cieca hears that the Ravinia Festival in 2014 will do a novel take on Strauss’s Salome, setting the work in Milan’s celebrated “Casa di Riposo per Musicisti Giuseppe Verdi.” Featured in this unusual performance will be the recently-nubile Patricia Racette in the title role, with Gabriele Schnaut and Wolfgang Schmidt as her grandparents.

Ancient German virtue of bravery gone missing

In a press release, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein at Düsseldorf has announced the cancellation of its  controversial new production of Tannhäuser after “many” audience members at the premiere claimed they had to seek medical attention for “psychological and physical stress.” The weasliest words follow the jump. Read more »

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The lady in question

… is Anna Netrebko, performing “Vieni, t’affretta” from Verdi’s Macbeth at tonight’s opening gala at the Mariinsky.

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Red letter day

“Her letter scene was glorious, and her final meeting with Onegin beguiling. Netrebko leaves nothing to be desired vocally and is a consummate artist as well.”

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What becomes two legends most?

On the final night of her farewell engagement at the Café Carlyle, cabaret legend Elaine Stritch took a few questions from the audience.

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The Met in 2013-2014, a more copious leak

Following up on last night’s information dump of the (overdue?) Met season announcement for 2013-2014, La Cieca has obtained a somewhat more detailed rundown.

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Everybody cut loose

You know, information wants to be free and all that.

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A little off the top

Michael Capasso, General Director of the Dicapo Opera Theatre has announced that Dicapo will be going on hiatus for a period of six months.

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Una donna misteriosa ognora

Soprano Kristin Lewis will sing the role of Maddalena in Opera Orchestra of New York’s presentation of Andrea Chenier on January 6.

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