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  • Cicciabella: Me too. So good to have you back, grim. You deserve twenty trips to Berlin. In December there’s a Messiah at the... 7:38 AM
  • manou: Grim – I am dazzled by your erudition and scholarliness. 6:43 AM
  • grimoaldo: As the wikipedia article on “Theodora 221; says (I wrote a lot of it) it is ” Handel’s only dramatic... 6:38 AM
  • redbear: For the new Paris Opera production of Moses und Aron, the golden calf will be represented by a real one who will be onstage for... 6:07 AM
  • Cicciabella: *encourage, instead of COUTting them off 3:59 AM
  • Cicciabella: Bravo, Mr Gutman! Way to encoutage young people to choose a career path in the arts. 3:32 AM
  • La Cieca: And when I was born the most popular film of the year was White Christmas. What’s your point? Attendance at the Met has... 2:11 AM
  • erricco: That was an outstanding production…& #8230;…and Ottawa had many others in those years 12:34 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]