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  • Lohengrin: AN should be on the hat, her successoressess are already there inside. Such a shouting and... 2:58 AM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Wow, you are right – she more then he. The voice sounds too thick and... 1:52 AM
  • Operngasse: To quote Scarlet, “As God is my witness”, I am not making this up. The SF Chronicle... 1:50 AM
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  • Phantom Violist: FYI, the “Age of Innocence” movie scenes above were filmed in Philadelphia... 1:41 AM
  • Poison Ivy: In other news, the Met has released this clip of the Iolanta dress. httpv://www.you... 12:40 AM
  • Hans Lick: p.s. I forgot to mention that The Play of Daniel from the Cloisters was on television. I... 12:13 AM
  • Hans Lick: Camille - Oberlin (like Alfred Deller) is from the pre-Mesozoic! I never heard him sing in... 12:12 AM
  • Camille: I’d so love to shake my tambourine and groove thing along mit das Band, so do tell! A real... 11:58 PM
  • Camille: Do you, also from the Operatic Mesozoic like moi, not recall Mr Russell Oberlin? He was doing his... 11:53 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 »