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  • Batty Masetto: Manou dear, after such a plethora of grand-offspring in nappies that must be changed I should... 11:24 PM
  • Operngasse: From the roundtable of Sutherland, Horne, and Arroyo, a great Met prompter anecdote from 4:10 to... 11:13 PM
  • 98rsd: It seems to me that straight teenagers are more faddish and unthinking; those adjectives don’t... 11:11 PM
  • operaassport: I suspect if the “bulge” ; were larger Levine wouldn’t have complained. 10:36 PM
  • pasavant: Bullseye! 10:34 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: And a yesman for a conductor! 9:43 PM
  • musesick man: As I recall Eyre’s production of WERTHER had no prompter’s box so I gather he has... 9:41 PM
  • Foreign Princess: Kashania, thank you, you have given two treasures to remind us! I know the Smetana but had... 9:33 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Well maybe Tom was too busy picking the chick peas out of Jimmy’s salad the day the... 9:33 PM
  • La Cieca: You mean, the whim was to try to do anything at the Met without first running it by Jimmy’s... 9:27 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 »