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  • Milady DeWinter: Measha sounded better when she was plumper; the vibrato not at all like JDD’s;... 12:38 PM
  • Feldmarschallin: Well congratulations on her baby boy. Her Violetta is like champagne to Rebeka’s Coca... 12:25 PM
  • la vociaccia: Happy/sad news. I’m definitely going to go the Traviata now and I’ve never heard... 12:16 PM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: Cieca, this isn’t her on the video, but the other soprano inthe run Jessica... 12:06 PM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: She had the baby in the beginning of this month. Her comeback will be in December... 12:04 PM
  • Poison Ivy: She had a baby boy in October. 11:47 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: I thought she was pregnant or did she have the baby already? She sang Violetta here in... 11:44 AM
  • La Cieca: Now that that is a very different sort of vibrato, heading into wobble territory. 11:44 AM
  • operaassport: For comparison, last year the Kardashians pulled in $65 million and each of the stars of... 11:33 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Fresh from the Obraztsova Gala in Moscow, Dinara Alieva gives a concert in Prague... 11:22 AM

“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 »