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  • ML: I hated his Philip — all flailing around and superficial grasp of the text. 9:43 PM
  • ML: Big family. Understood. Of course, how stupid of the Met to have a glorious Hungarian bass on the... 9:36 PM
  • Gualtier M: Morris is one of the greatest Wagner singers of all time. His Wotan is historic, a friend... 9:18 PM
  • Gualtier M: He has already sung the Flieder Monolog in concerts and recorded “Wahn, Wahn” as well... 9:11 PM
  • Bill: Bretz has 5 or 6 Children – so I imagine he will continue to sing alot in Budapest where this... 9:11 PM
  • ML: 1-2 years of heavy study? 9:01 PM
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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.

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. [AP]

Stairway to heaven

Once again, beloveds, we approach the Milanese shrine that simultaneously attempted to  cultivate and destroy the career of Maria Meneghini Callas. This great—nay, some say greatest—oracle of opera practiced the dark arts and conjured on the stage of La Scala so that we may all live on with the memories for ever and ever. Someone light a black candle so we can begin!   Read more »

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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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Stairway to paradise

We approach, beloveds, as unto a shrine, for these are no ordinary performances.

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Il le faut, il le faut

Due to health reasons, Natalie Dessay has withdrawn from the performances of Massenet’s Manon.

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Behind the red curtain

It was indeed a curious sensation  making a late morning trek to East 59th Street, a block devoted to showro0ms for bizarre upscale furniture and lighting fixtures, and then to enter a boutique cinema specializing in Hindi films (the big coming attraction right now is Desi Boyz) — and all this before sitting down in an auditiorium half- full of retirees to see a live performance of Don Giovanni from La Scala. That it worked as a Mozart experience I think can be chalked up to two factors: Robert Carsen‘s production and the constantly improving (if still imperfect) HD technology. 

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