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  • tiger1: Elliot Palay, I remember seeing him at the first Aarhus Rings (in Denmark) in 1987 as Siegfried (my... 10:51 AM
  • Krunoslav: Anyone else at MEISTERSINGER last night? Martin Gantner jumped in as Beckmesser, skilled and very... 10:40 AM
  • Krunoslav: Koshetz had vocal talent to burn, but i think of most of her later recordings as being paragon... 10:35 AM
  • Milady DeWinter: A trifecta of wonderful singers amongst Streich, Valetti, and Koshetz – thanks for... 10:12 AM
  • kashania: Even if I agreed that Germont’s empathy towards Violetta isn’t supported by his... 10:03 AM
  • kashania: That is one of my favourite moments too. Ciofi’s acts the hell out of the role. Her voice is... 9:33 AM
  • kashania: Kelsey is a noted Rigoletto and the Met’s next revival better feature him and not Plácido Domingo... 9:26 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: PS: That was the New York City Opera Orchestra. 9:22 AM
  • pasavant: Thanks for posting the gbopera review. The reviewer certainly knows about singing ( i.e. he agrees... 9:18 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Hot night at Madison Square Garden last night! httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=R... 9:08 AM

Red shoe diaries

Sonya Yoncheva will make her North American role debut as Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata at the Met this January. Yoncheva was originally scheduled to sing Musetta in La Bohème at the Met this season. Instead, she will sing Violetta, one of her most acclaimed roles, as a replacement for Marina Poplavskaya, who has withdrawn from the performances. Read more »

Hello Amanda

Soprano Amanda Majeski will make her Met debut on the opening night of the 2014-2015 season as the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, replacing Marina Poplavskaya “who has withdrawn for health reasons.” Read more »

A song at twilight

Yes, you’ve heard it already, but you might as well have an official place to talk about it: Marina Poplavskaya goes on tonight in Les Vêpres siciliennes at the Royal Opera House. But wait, there’s more. Read more »

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Pop, idled

“Russian soprano Marina Poplavskaya has fallen ill and unfortunately has had to withdraw from singing the role of Hélène in Les Vêpres siciliennes in the final rehearsals and the first three performances in October.”

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A Faustian bargain

What we have here is the grandest opera never heard.

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It is what she would have wanted

Due to wellness, it is with deep contentedness that Marina Poplavskaya will after all sing the role of Alice in Robert le Diable.

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Our retrospection will now be all to the future

La Cieca predicts you won’t be seeing any puritans at the Met next season, except of course for the ones who slouch around during intermission hissing, “You call that a trill?”

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Tour de farce

UPDATE, Tuesday, 7:45 AM: The Met sent out a press release at 1:27 AM New York time today announcing major changes to its roster for the tour of Japan this month. La Cieca has revised the following gossip item (which appeared at 11 PM last night) to reflect the Met’s confirmations. 

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New classic

Willy Decker’s Traviata has garnered praise from critics and audiences alike in the week since its Metropolitan premiere, but (as was to be expected) this praise comes over the complaints of a select few traditionalists, a handful of lonely boos amid the mostly enthusiastic applause. Their objection (as usual) is that Decker’s production betrays the “original text” of “Verdi’s La Traviata.” But these detractors should consider that La Traviata is a work in which questions of betrayal and fidelity are specifically at issue—one that reminds us that sometimes, counterintuitively, the only way to remain faithful to someone or something is [...]

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There is a God

The answers of millions of supplicants worldwide (and thousands of Met-goers citywide) have been answered. “[Peter Gelb] said there were no plans to replace Mr. Zeffirelli’s productions of La Bohème and Turandot. [New York Times]

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