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  • la vociaccia: It’s not the squillo or lack thereof- his Italian is just so limp and pallid. I used to... 11:32 AM
  • Will: The condescending or downright disapproving attitude to opera singers performing show tunes or popular... 11:30 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Yes it is exactly like that. They like each other a lot but like you said as brother and... 11:28 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Well if you come please let me know.You have my number just send a message or whatsapp. 11:27 AM
  • umangialaio: In the last act of Lohengrin, in Milan with Barenboim conducting, they were simply amazing. U 11:27 AM
  • antikitschychick: Wow. Hope they forgave her lol. 11:25 AM
  • umangialaio: I have a ticket, but still don’t know if I will make to Munich. Thank you. U 11:25 AM
  • antikitschychick: Yes you’re right. I didn’t mean to speculate. I just think it’s rare to... 11:23 AM
  • Lohengrin: They like each other very much as they mentioned by chance, but I would say more like sister and... 11:14 AM
  • Bill: I recall reading years back that Antoinetta Stella was singing Aida at La Scala and missed the high C... 11:14 AM

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 »

Top of the heap

You will be happy to hear that Michael Fabiano was the unrivaled star of the Richard Tucker Foundation Gala last night. You will perhaps be a little less happy to hear that this is not only figuratively but literally true: with so many cancellations and substitutions, Fabiano was about the only interesting thing happening. Read more »

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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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Congratulations Michael Fabiano!

The spectacular young American tenor has just been named the winner of the 2014 Richard Tucker award.

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