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  • phoenix: Haven’t heard Mattila since she did Ariadne last year – around that time I also heard... 11:52 AM
  • PCally: I love her Elisabeth but her French is close to incomprehensible. I don’t mind that so much... 11:52 AM
  • armerjacquino: She’s sung in French before, most famously in the Bondy DON CARLOS. And the Marschallin... 11:46 AM
  • PCally: I can’t picture the Marschallin at all. Marie obviously and Erwartung. Can’t picture... 11:39 AM
  • Krunoslav: A very overqualified Gutrune? 11:34 AM
  • phoenix: according to operabase.com, Heave-ho is scheduled to sing Elisabetta AGAIN – surely you... 11:32 AM
  • armerjacquino: That would be BRILLIANT. 11:28 AM
  • Krunoslav: How about Clairon, premiered by a Straussian soprano (Hildegard Ranczak) but in mezzo turf? Needs... 11:26 AM
  • steveac10: It kind of spoils the hat trick if she only does two of the three prima donna roles. Also –... 11:13 AM
  • kashania: Wow, I was not expecting Klytämnestra so soon. AJ: Also Ortrud and Fricka. But Ortrud would have... 11:09 AM

Mais nous voyons à nouveau La Carmencita

The opening night of the Metropolitan Opera of September 1972 was supposed to be the dawn of a new era. Sir Rudolf Bing, General Manager, had two years previously ceded to his successor the head of the Royal Swedish Opera Göran Gentele. Bing had made major inroads in his attempts to have opera presented as musical theatre by hiring nearly every prominent stage director who was willing and even some who weren’t. Gentele already had a reputation as a very forward-thinking man of the theatre and his appointment was a profoundly optimistic choice.   Read more »

Herself you shall adore

From an early Mike Richter CD-ROM, “Odd Opera” comes this gem, a live performance of Handel’s Semele at Carnegie Hall on February 23, 1985, the 300th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Read more »

On a clear day you can “C” forever

Of course,  we all know a Marilyn Horne anecdote without a four-letter word is about as plausible as a martini without gin, but the tale that kicks off her Q&A with Zachary Woolfe is particularly bracing. You’ll be both shaken and stirred by this interview in the current Capital New York.

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Horne aplenty

La Cieca has learned that The Metropolitan Opera Guild will pay tribute to  legendary American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne (right) on Monday, October 31, when stars, fans of opera, and the cream of New York’s society, business, and civic leaders assemble in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria for the Guild’s 77th Annual Luncheon.

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