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  • Poison Ivy: The “TBA” Musettas for next season’s Bohemes have been filled with Ailyn Perez. 11:31 AM
  • Lohengrin: The Buuhers were from La Scala! The “specialists ” for Italian repertory missed the... 11:31 AM
  • marshiemarkII: the timbre itself is not Corelli-like brilliant Oh carisssima Milady, as always you are so... 11:28 AM
  • marshiemarkII: No you are not Insider, consider me in your club also :-) I consider the bluray of Parsifal a... 11:17 AM
  • Lohengrin: The worst thing will be that opposite to AN always will appear YE…….. 11:12 AM
  • Regina delle fate: She wore a frock that made her look like a reptile for her London Alcina concert... 11:01 AM
  • Regina delle fate: Oliver Widmer seems quite content with playing “second fiddle” to Cecilia... 10:55 AM
  • operainsider: I really love Kauffman’s voice on recording but in house I’m always disappointed.... 10:54 AM
  • kashania: Rachvelishvilli? 10:43 AM
  • DonCarloFanatic: Apparently not, since it is snowing heavily out here in my boondocks area. Torture me with... 10:41 AM

Moon and stars

One of the major complaints about the five year casting system (as well as the shared productions by different companies) is that operatic events are rarely surprises anymore. You thought Diva So-and-So and Divo This-and-That were great in Composer X’s “________”? Well, prepare to see them in that exact same opera and exact same production in London. And New York. And Munich. And Vienna. And so on and so forth.  Read more »

The deed to a platinum mine

No tracks available yet, but the Angela Gheorghiu Christmas album looks very, well, seasonal.

Ten thousand bedrooms

The Metropolitan Opera desperately needed a new production of Le nozze di Figaro. The old Jonathan Miller production in its last revival had degenerated into a freakshow. My most vivid memory is the fingernails-on-chalkboard Susanna Mojca Erdmann simpering on the apron of the stage as the libretto called for her to be frantically shuttling Cherubino out of the Countess’s window. It was pure filth.   Read more »

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Donc, c’est ce qu’elle appelle “faire la connaissance de Mme Haines”

Some interesting programming in Avignon next season.

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Les amours de Carmen ne durent pas six mois

With the well-known guitar player Milos Karadaglic, celebrating the decission of working together on a new, surprising and innovative project.

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17 Across: Flamboyant Romanian countertenor (5 letters)

“Gheorghiu has admitted a romance with Cézar, a flamboyant Romanian counter-tenor…”

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Meeting Mrs. Haines socially

The Wiener Staatsoper should be a source of some interesting backstage gossip next September as the company presents on alternating nights Angela Gheorghiu as Tosca and Aleksandra Kurzak as Violetta.

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Fire and Ice

“Don’t listen to a Romanian man who says he prefers a ‘natural’ woman,” says Gheorghiu.

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The woman in white

This new DVD release from EMI of the Royal Opera’s latest production of Puccini’s Tosca will no doubt be snatched up by hordes of grateful fans around the globe.

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Tummy trouble

Manca la diva

La Cieca has just heard that Angela Gheorghiu has become indisposed after the first act of Tosca at the San Francisco Opera.

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