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Gender change for tenor heartthrob

“We hear that Anna’s fiancé, the Azeri tenor Yusif Eyvazov, has stayed behind to understudy Joan Kaufmann in the role of Des Grieux.” [Slipped Disc]

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Celebrated fact-mangler Norman Lebrecht is at it again. Did you know that the Metropolitan Opera has in its repertoire a production of Der Rosenkavalier directed by Jonathan Miller?

This interview includes a statement by Dr. Miller insisting his current La boheme (inspired by “the photo­graphic world of Brassaï, Cartier-Bresson and Kertezsz,” dontcha know) will be the last opera he ever, ever directs.  Again, no surprises here, since the good doctor has been stuttering that same idle threat since approximately the era of the bell-bottom.

Speaking of the Swinging Sixties, here’s a reminder of what Dr. Miller is supposed to be famous for, and a remembrance of the last time he had anything remotely interesting to say. (Alas, no such clip exists for Mr. Lebrecht.)

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