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  • danpatter: That’s a real find! Thanks for sharing this. I’d never heard her before. 8:18 PM
  • kashania: It’s true. I may have been optimistic there. 6:59 PM
  • mia apulia: like a forgotten bad dream from many years ago, suddenly recalled 5:46 PM
  • armerjacquino: Yep. One note does not a role make, but I can’t see Mattila relishing the idea of... 5:32 PM
  • moi: I can agree somewhere, that Mattila’s acting does not seem as intuitive as it was once… well... 5:31 PM
  • aulus agerius: I doubt if Mattila can produce the high Cs anymore. They were very strained even 8 years ago... 5:23 PM
  • kashania: Yeah, the fourth act of Manon Lescaut was actually very good. I, too, think that Minnie would work.... 5:18 PM
  • littoraldrift: While I generally think Mattila should just steer clear of Italian roles — the Manon... 5:12 PM
  • armerjacquino: I like this review from Seth Colter Walls. http://www.theguar dian.com/music/... 3:16 PM
  • armerjacquino: Bloody hell, Classical Barbra is every bit as cringey as I remembered. 3:09 PM

Transatlantic

For those of you who are following these things, Michael Fabiano is currently in London. Read more »

Moon and stars

One of the major complaints about the five year casting system (as well as the shared productions by different companies) is that operatic events are rarely surprises anymore. You thought Diva So-and-So and Divo This-and-That were great in Composer X’s “________”? Well, prepare to see them in that exact same opera and exact same production in London. And New York. And Munich. And Vienna. And so on and so forth.  Read more »

La vie de broham

Imagine the good fortune of attending La Bohème with someone who’s never seen it—you can spout any kind of pedantic rot you like as the curtain is going down with no serious risk of side-eye! “Don’t worry if you’re bored at first,” I said to my companion. “Bohème takes a good fifteen minutes to kick into gear.” Read more »

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Top of the heap

You will be happy to hear that Michael Fabiano was the unrivaled star of the Richard Tucker Foundation Gala tonight.

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Stubble in paradise

Tenor Michael Fabiano reportedly tore the place down tonight at WQXR’s Greene Space.

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Stolta Paura

Open mike night

Some very clever casting indeed in this week’s “Dream Team” competition.

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Together Again

Dream team

In honor of WQXR’s salute to the Richard Tucker Music Foundation next week—featuring Tucker honoree Michael Fabiano and hosted by legendary Renata Scotto—La Cieca invites the cher public to compete for free tickets to the mini-concert.

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Traviata Chat

Fra le tazze più viva è la webchat

Coming up on Sunday, La Cieca (not pictured) will host a live chat during the webcast of La traviata from the Glyndebourne Festival.

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Ô après-midi d’amour

Starting in just half an hour, a live broadcast of Faust from De Nederlandse Opera starring Michael Fabiano and Irina Lungu.

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The Met: What is to be done?

Coming as Peter Gelb did from the music industry, opera lovers hoped that he would display a more distinctive knack for casting and an improved talent pipeline than Joe Volpe offered during the waning years of his tenure.

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