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  • mrsjohnclaggart: Thank you, Porgy. 3:45 AM
  • mrsjohnclaggart: Niel, I agree with you and find your observations about Rads tone very clear and persuasive. She is better than most... 3:44 AM
  • Ilka Saro: I happen to agree with Goerke here, the critic in question was body shaming the tenor. She called it what it is. Does the... 3:30 AM
  • Porgy Amor: Niel, she has, in fact, found Muti, or vice versa. I don’t know where these fell in relation to the clip above, but she... 3:14 AM
  • Niel Rishoi: This is startlingly good singing. One of the most difficult scenas ever, and she stays on top of it; you never get the sense... 2:36 AM
  • Lohenfal: Elektra is also on my schedule. Stemme sang exceptionally well in the Turandot broadcast, so I’m hoping for similar... 1:00 AM
  • Pia Ngere-Liu: Selfde huswest12. Vanwaar skrywe u? 12:42 AM
  • antikitschychick: Thanks for the info Lohenfal. I think I will try and get student rush tix as Marshie suggested but I’ll call the... 12:29 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 »