Cher Public

  • Batty Masetto: And we had to do without haggis and tatties and jeeps! :( 1:30 PM
  • manou: All very disjointed… 1:30 PM
  • Batty Masetto: But if you don’t have anything to contribute at the moment you have to keep refreshing and refreshing and refreshing... 1:29 PM
  • manou: …and Burns night has been and gone! 1:28 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: As far as I can tel, you have to refresh your browser every time after you leave a comment. Works for me. 1:27 PM
  • antikitschychick: I know but but I did want to hear the “oh lola” Siciliana…oh well; my fault. 1:27 PM
  • antikitschychick: lol the whiff of Italianità is in the air… 1:26 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Hi chichy chick – NOTHING happens in the first 15 miutes of “Cav” so you missed nothing. 1:25 PM

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]