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  • SF Guy: Martinez has also replaced Stoyanova in this summer’s Don Carlo in San Francisco with Fabiano, Kwiecien and Pape. 9:09 PM
  • Hippolyte: There is a bus for some but not all events at Bard SummerScape that leaves from near Lincoln Center and drops you off in from... 8:53 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: One of Arroyo’s Met Pinkertons was George Shirley!!! I wonder if he was made to wear whiteface? 8:50 PM
  • m. croche: I’m no expert on Sher or his oeuvre, but I assume that with his background in non-opera theater, he was already pretty... 8:18 PM
  • Krunoslav: Martina Arroyo sang 8 Cio-Cio-Sans for the Met from 1965 to 1971. 8:00 PM
  • Krunoslav: “Gwyn Hughes Jones ” Best Pinkerton since Browning Mummery! 7:58 PM
  • WindyCityOperaman: httpvh://www.youtu be.com/watch?v=2jJ jsQGUU-8 7:38 PM
  • Porgy Amor: Well, if we take Sher at his word, he didn’t make the decision he made in response to angry e-mails the Met received... 7:37 PM

Trapped in the web of love

Which operatic character could be best described as a spider? Assume this question were asked at the next Met Opera Quiz: what would be your answer?   Read more »

Text appeal

What makes Norma such a high-profile role in the soprano repertory? Like the druids in the opera, we the audience anxiously await her entrance, wonder how she will sing, ponder her ability, and condemn her if she does not deliver what we expected. As for the character, there is no forgiveness for a soprano who tackles this role; we all seem to have a picture in our heads of how the role should sound, should be sung, and should be acted. The ghosts of the great Normas of the past confirm and solidify our beliefs.   Read more »

La regina d’Inghilterra ho veduto cantar

“At Carnegie Hall last Thursday, a capacity crowd witnessed what might be the final official act of a monarch who has reigned for more than four decades.” [New York Observer]

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Victorious, happy and glorious

Even before Italian diva Mariella Devia had completed the stunning high D natural that capped her miraculous portrayal of Elisabetta in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux Thursday evening at Carnegie Hall, tens, then hundreds of those in attendance leapt to their feet to shout their acclaim.

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Over the moon

Mariella Devia will augment her already vast bel canto repertoire next year with the role of roles: Bellini’s Norma.

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2009 starts off right

Miraculous Mariella Devia sings “Casta diva” at a New Year’s Day concert at La Fenice. [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/1rEx2M5zRX0" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] Mariella Devia at amazon.com

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