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  • peter: Rachel Willis-Sorensen was one of the bright spot on today’s broadcast. Not only is the voice... 8:27 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: As Dolores Gray sings in “It’s Always Fair Weather,” “Thanks a Lot But No... 8:13 PM
  • Grane: What did you think of the Countess, Bill? I came in on the Thursday radio broadcast at Sull’... 8:07 PM
  • DellaCasaFan: JML, Some voices came across clightly differently on radio. You could hear that Keenlyside... 7:59 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Satisfied: Entire production in black and white except for Maddalena in a red... 7:33 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Yes: Morley was totally swamped by all the other singers and the orchestra,... 7:31 PM
  • NPW-Paris: And Greece? 6:24 PM
  • Bill: The Met broadcast of Le Nozze di Figaro today was vocally rather wretched as well – the sextet... 5:58 PM
  • NPW-Paris: I know this isn’t the main point but your remark about Erin Morley was interesting. She was... 5:49 PM
  • Satisfied: JML: can you describe the concept (if any) of the production? 5:37 PM

“I felt the hand of Death”

Oddly enough, Eva Marton‘s interpretation of the Kostelnicka (pictured) goes unmentioned in Issue #38, perhaps because this time around, parterre box the queer opera zine is stuffed to the gills with some of the edgiest content in its history. After leading off with a completely inaccurate gossip item about Sam Ramey, your doyenne discusses Glimmerglass Opera; Gertie Dammerung travels to Munich and Bayreuth; Dr. Repertoire muses on Marta Eggerth, MTV and Carlo Bergonzi; Leila de Lakmé appreciates Leyla Gencer; and, bestest of all, Opera Snooze! [Download Issue #38]

Normative

La Cieca is sort of out of words trying to describe what makes a great performance of the role of Norma, as opposed to the conscientious traversal of the notes that, curiously, seems to inspire such absurdly hyperbolic statements as “The role has been a magnet for many great sopranos—Ponselle, Milanov, Callas, Sutherland, to name a few—and after last night Radvanovksy can add her name to the list.”

Thus your doyenne now graciously offers an audio example of “greatness,” including ferocity of attack, nobility of fraseggio, crisp rhythm and expressive use of the text… following the jump.   Read more »

double dip of donizetti

On tonight’s episode of Unnatural Acts of Opera, we hear the second act of Donizetti’s Belisario. But we won’t hear Leyla Gencer during this act, as her character remains offstage for the duration. However, La Cieca has added an extra act of Donizetti (with la Gencer onstage the whole time!) as bonus.

Hear it after the jump. Read more »