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  • Orlando Furioso: Very true. I was certain that Philips would include that one in their Complete Mozart series... 3:17 PM
  • Buster: You missed her Fidelio, Cicciabella? On purpose? I hope we get a chance to hear her next season in... 3:17 PM
  • Grane: I heard Marilyn Mulvey do this once. I think it doesn’t work without Victor Borge. 3:15 PM
  • Gualtier M: The Hager early Mozart recording that is really hard to find in a mid-seventies “Il Re... 3:13 PM
  • Maury D: (Signed Maury D, the crabby cub of Parterre.) 3:09 PM
  • Maury D: God, sometimes the aesthetics on here get under my skin. “You’v e lost weight!” is... 3:07 PM
  • MontyNostry: It’s not that she doesn’t try — there’s no doubt that she’s a pro... 3:06 PM
  • Orlando Furioso: That Hager / former-DG Mitridate is indeed on CD: http://www.amazon. com/Mozart-Mitr... 2:58 PM
  • Cicciabella: I’ve heard neither Michael nor Zampieri live. The only connection between the two for me... 2:45 PM
  • Pelleas: I actually just finished the Ellman bio yesterday. He ventured that Wilde refused to flee... 2:41 PM

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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