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  • bobsnsane: May I ask, please, who is the Hunding ? 10:31 PM
  • willym: Saw Stemme at La Scala – under Barenboim’s otiose baton – and Goerke in Toronto. To quote Macheath: How happy... 10:06 PM
  • phoenix: A TALE OF TWO MEISTERSINGERS – This weekend two Meistersingers were broadcast, one Sunday from SFO last autumn and another... 7:36 PM
  • m. croche: Born on this day in 1843, Carl Michael Ziehrer httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=VmYJ KWkS2lc 7:31 PM
  • John L: After seeing Goerke in Die Walkure in Houston last year and her recent Siegfried (also at Houston) and having seen Stemme in Die... 7:27 PM
  • m. croche: Born on this day in 1660, Alessandro Scarlatti httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=8RsN lQXNBMs 7:27 PM
  • gerbear: Jungfer M.L.: Thank you so much for posting this. Dialogues des Carmelites has long been my absolute favourite opera in the... 7:25 PM
  • Operngasse: “unsinged 221; Great pun, intended or not. 7:21 PM

Fire and Ice

“Don’t listen to a Romanian man who says he prefers a ‘natural’ woman,” says Gheorghiu. “He might think he likes a woman without any makeup, but what does he know? With a little mascara and red lipstick, trust me, he will like you even more!” [More Magazine]

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 as it stars three of the most celebrated singers currently before the public and is led by ROH Music Director Antonio Pappano.

It’s a slick, professional performance that has many merits. If this is your first Tosca I can say with near Delphic certainty that you’ll love it. If, like many of us, this isn’t your first trip to Rome you may be left with a few nagging questions. Too many details stand out in sharp contrast to the composer’s indications in spite of the fact that we’re being served up a seemingly traditional production.   Read more »

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. Reportedly David Gockley has said the soprano is on the way to the hospital to be treated for intestinal flu; meanwhile, Melody Moore is preparing to finish the performance.

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See the pretty diva in that mirror there

The diva must be a Diva in Adriana Lecouvreur. Fact.

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Der Pelz wird fliegen

The guest soloist at the the Wiener Opernball was just introduced as “Rumäniens Antwort auf Anna Netrebko, Angela Gheorghiu.”

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Comment n’être pas coquette?

Yes, in this interview with Naomi Lewin, the word “fiasco” gets thrown around a lot.

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Good evening starshine

Now, it seems, OONY is returning to its star-driven roots.

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Dark sisters

The very brunette leading ladies of Adriana Lecouvreur, Anita Rachvelishvili and Angela Gheorghiu, flank the practically strawberry blond by comparison Jonas Kaufmann during bows last night after Opera Orchestra of New York’s season opener.

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Mite, gioconda, atroce

In preparation for tonight’s Angela Gheorghiu/Jonas Kaufmann Sternstunde at Carnegie Hall, La Cieca invites the cher public to share your favorite memories and YouTube clips of Adriana Lecouvreur performances present and past. (Photo: Alastair Muir)

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Homage girl

It would be a shame, I think, if EMI’s stunt video of Angela Gheorghiu “in duet” with Maria Callas backfired powerfully enough to prevent serious opera fans (well, okay, let’s say “enthusiastic opera fans,” that’s more like it) from listening to the Romanian diva’s new CD Homage to Maria Callas. There’s a lot on this mixed-grill disc to enjoy.

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