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  • la vociaccia: Casolla sang Santuzza in Firenze last year as well. Here’s a recording: httpv://www.yo... 11:21 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Yes and the quality of a studio recording is the same as the quality of a youtube excerpt. 11:20 AM
  • scifisci: wow there is really no comparison is there….micha el’s voice is astonishingly ugly as... 10:59 AM
  • armerjacquino: Giovanna Casolla and Luciana D’Intino alternating as Santuzza? Eva Mei as Violetta?... 10:51 AM
  • Camille: This is a test. Do not panic and do not turn off your television sets: http://www.ted.... 10:35 AM
  • Camille: Operabase.com has the answers: http://operabase.c om/diary.cgi?lang= en&code=wif... 10:32 AM
  • pasavant: I will be in Florence from 14 April through 26 April. I cannot find anything on line about Opera... 10:13 AM
  • zinka: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=7NOU 38ksHEA What a terrible VERGOGNA that they never had HD... 9:37 AM
  • zinka: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=PGJj F4ZrdQ8 Watching a Fanciulla scene with Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs.... 9:31 AM
  • zinka: He enjoyed reading this clip. 9:26 AM

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Just in time for Halloween, Decca Classics has released the trailer for the upcoming CD Renée Fleming: Christmas in New York.  ”The album celebrates the sparkle and sophistication of the beloved Christmas season in New York City, with music conjuring such iconic scenes as the holiday windows lining 5th Avenue, the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center and carriage rides in Central Park.” Read more »

When I have sung my songs

Soprano Renée Fleming is certainly making the role of the Countess in Richard Strauss’s final opera Capriccio the focus of her late-career years.  After her Met run in 2010, she has made various stops in the role, including this 2013 Wiener Staatsoper production, released by Unitel Classica and directed for video by Brian Large, and she will bring her Countess to Chicago and Dresden in the coming months.  The role certainly suits her natural elegance and charm, and sits well in her current vocal estate.  Read more »

Faces of mirth

La Cieca’s old, old, old friend Dorothy Bishop, recently interviewed in Opera News, brings her “Dozen Divas” show to NYC’s Metropolitan Room April 30 and May 5.   Read more »

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Jersey girl

One has “made it” when one is gently lampooned by that edgiest of all late-night funnymen, Jay Leno.

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Fire and music

“In her first role in a play, Ms. Fleming will make her debut at the [Williamstown Theater Festival] in Living on Love…”

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Drama queen

The very first words in this issue are “Renata Scotto will return to the American operatic stage in the 2001 season!”

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Oh say can you view

“Tune in to ABC… at 11:00 am EST, when Renée joins the ladies of The View and guest co-host Jay Mohr to talk about her upcoming performance of the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.”

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Destination moon

The legend of the mermaid is ancient, and recently scientists have theorized that these legends might have arisen when humans encountered marine mammals such as whales, seals, or sea lions.

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Bass-barihunk

Richard Bernstein is a very good-looking guy, even with his clothes on.”

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Plying her trade

“Renowned soprano Renée Fleming demonstrates how she can treat a song like a mini-opera.”

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