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  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Feldmarschallin – shall I assume you heard that Anne Schwanewilms has... 5:49 PM
  • DonCarloFanatic: Made me laugh. Correct me if I am wrong, but didn’t she skip some runs of fast notes... 5:40 PM
  • Lohengrin: Will wait to start my gardening till middle of April when I come back from Austria. Then it is... 4:32 PM
  • Feldmarschallin: Well you can plant certain things that don’t mind if the weather gets a little cooler.... 4:23 PM
  • Lohengrin: Feld, isn´t it a litte early to start planting? Will be cold the next days and nights. I have sawn... 4:01 PM
  • Feldmarschallin: Well I turned the Parsifal back on. The Requiem didn’t work for me. Don’t know... 3:46 PM
  • Camille: Ah, to be home again, back in the Bowl! It is so much fun to sit there on a warm summer’s... 3:33 PM
  • Feldmarschallin: Yes Camille all is well again. Busy in the garden already plating peas, kohlrabi and... 3:20 PM
  • Camille: Krunoslavsky— You were not only correct about Shagimuratova, you didn’t even rag on about how... 3:16 PM
  • Camille: Yes, but at least she is experienced in the role and that counts for something. I just can’t... 3:12 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 »