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Cher Public

  • Ilka Saro: Agreed on both points. In his day, Pav’s voice had an almost angelic quality, especially in... 10:46 AM
  • Hippolyte: It’s Daniel Bubeck, not Brubeck, I believe. 10:43 AM
  • Poison Ivy: Hey JML I am listening to your wonderful performance of Iolanta. I can only hope that the dress... 10:19 AM
  • scifisci: that would explain the uncharacteristic lack of coordination between pavarotti and sutherland... 10:14 AM
  • Dabrowski: Von Stade as Flora! Quite a cast. 10:10 AM
  • mandryka: Iremember this performance. I believe there was some initial disappointment that Bergonzi had... 10:10 AM
  • Dabrowski: Presumably Michael was already in New York because of rehearsals? I like to think it’s more... 10:06 AM
  • kennedet: My fondest memories at the Met were listening to Pavarotti in his good years. I’ve never... 10:05 AM
  • scifisci: thank you JML for this! I’m wondering, is the pitch distortion (it’s higher than it... 10:02 AM
  • Krunoslav: In what sense is the Academy of Music abandoned? Opera Philadelphia’ ;s OSCAR with David... 9:49 AM

F. and Furious

Has it been a year already? Apparently so, because the honorees for the eighth annual F. Paul Driscoll Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence, or as they are colloquially  known, the Opera News Awards, have just this minute been announced. The five superb artists who have made an invaluable contribution to the art form this time around are sopranos Mirella Freni and Dawn Upshaw, countertenor David Daniels, baritone Simon Keenlyside, and bass-baritone Eric Owens. The eighth annual FPDAOAFE ceremony will take place on Sunday, April 21 at the Plaza in New York City.

Mirella Freni: money laundress?

Soprano Mirella Freni is under investigation by the Bologna District Attorney’s office of Bologna for money laundering and exportation of money abroad in connection with the BER bank. The artist from Modena, 76, will be heard by the magistrates in the next few days to clarify her position, now that the DA Antonella Scandellari has sent her a notice of the closing of the investigations. The singer has so far denied any wrongdoing. (Thanks to Our Own Ercole Farnese for the tip!) [Corriere della Sera]