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  • marshiemarkII: Bill and Armer, I saw Baltsa only once, in fabulously healthy voice, and very early, in that... 3:52 PM
  • marshiemarkII: Armer, oh yes Garanca is far bigger than Troyanos, who was a gorgeous sounding lyric mezzo,... 3:33 PM
  • Bill: Amerjacquino – Garanca is somewhat in the long line of famous Mezzos in Vienna, Anday, Hoengen,... 3:30 PM
  • antikitschychick: excellent suggestion kashania. 3:28 PM
  • antikitschychick: “I saw Corelli in Boston, getting old at 54 as Romeo…” ; Quel gelosia!!!... 3:26 PM
  • antikitschychick: Milady, I wholeheartedly agree with you on all points, except I’m a big fan of AH as... 3:19 PM
  • armerjacquino: marshie- I agree- we’ve slightly lost the idea of the more lyric mezzo singing these... 3:13 PM
  • antikitschychick: well that’s great. The phrase “second fiddle” was just an expression; I... 3:07 PM
  • antikitschychick: Krunoslav: Thanks for posting those clips of Ms. Favero! Based on those recordings she was... 3:02 PM
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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]