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  • coloraturafan: It’s the Parterre, this is what they do! Gang up and trash anything they don’t like. Cyber-trashing... 9:41 PM
  • Krunoslav: Ja, ja. 8:20 PM
  • Niel Rishoi: Fair enough. Pretty much all a matter of taste. 8:15 PM
  • Krunoslav: No personal malice towards you or your passée diva. I just think her a career-long poor stylist outside of mozart, J, Strauss... 7:26 PM
  • gustave of montreal: That very interesting to read is. 6:40 PM
  • kashania: The more opera lovers up here, the better! :) 6:12 PM
  • NPW-Paris: Did he say that? Interesting. It may hold a clue to my own reactions to Bellini. 6:06 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Opolais will sing Nov 21, Dec 7 and 10 5:34 PM

Se il destassi… no, peloso!

“The one glitch was a much-publicised fiasco in the bear-pit of Milan’s La Scala, where in 1998 she was booed after her performance in Donzietti’s Lucrezia Borgia. ‘It was tough, especially as I was going through a divorce at the same time’.” [The Telegraph]

The hole truth

Finally the reason for all that screaming at La Scala begins to emerge. It appears that maestro Riccardo Chailly (right) insisted directors Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier (not pictured) expunge some gay gay gay gay gay scenes of satanic buttfucking from the action of the opening night production of Giovanna d’Arco. [dagospia.com]

Giovanna in the dark

From La Scala, starting at 11:00 AM ET Monday, a “Backstage Live” view of the opening night performance of Giovanna d’Arco, conducted by Riccardo Chailly and starring Anna Netrebko, Francesco Meli and Carlos Álvarez in a production by Moshe Leiser and Patrice CaurierRead more »

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The incomplete idiot

Intendant Alexander Pereira halts the merry-go-round briefly to discuss Salzburg and La Scala with Zachary Woolfe of the New York Times.

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Wrong by wrong

The board of La Scala voted today to oust incoming general director Alexander Pereira at the end of his first season amid allegations of a conflict of interest.

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Stairway to heaven

Once again, beloveds, we approach the Milanese shrine that simultaneously attempted to  cultivate and destroy the career of Maria Meneghini Callas.

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Something beyond the normal

The celebrated “lost” issue of parterre box, the queer opera zine (now found, thanks to the avid cataloging of Indiana Loiterer III.)

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Blonde, bombshell

So we may all be on the same page as we discuss, following the jump is the video of the December 7 Traviata from La Scala.

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Book club

La Cieca hears that the opening night of La Scala’s 2013 season will feature a new production of La traviata starring Diana Damrau and Piotr Beczala, directed by… no, not Franco Zeffirelli, but Dmitri Tcherniakov.

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Wait… what?

“La Scala has canceled the inaugural ballet of its season because of a strike by the chorus.”

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