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  • antikitschychick: wonderful report indeed, with great interviews; thanks for sharing this Ciccia. Can’t wait to hear the entire... 3:13 PM
  • La Valkyrietta: armerjacquino, I’m happy you were amused. I find the excited discussion on the Royal Opera Guillaume Tell hilarious. Why... 2:29 PM
  • LT: La Cieca should add to the chat schedule La Boheme from Hannover on July 18 with her favorites Yoncheva, Fabiano, Angel Blue and... 12:50 PM
  • armerjacquino: No, but taking the piss out of what he said- which is obviously what’s happening here- is quite funny. 12:46 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Um … okay. You realize repeating something Donald Trump says doesn’t make it funny? 12:41 PM
  • m. croche: Can’t … help … myself … Born on this day in 1775, English composer William Crotch, famed too for his... 12:41 PM
  • armerjacquino: Love, love, love Poulenard. Her performance in the 80s recording of ALESSANDRO is far better than anything in the recent... 12:16 PM
  • Lohengrin: Listen to Jonas first from minute 5 and then the whole thing from 02:01:00. Wonderful report!!!!!!!!!!!! !! 11:47 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]