Cher Public

  • armerjacquino: Mandac was a lovely singer but that has to be her greatest achievement. Imagine coming out of a Madeleine Kahn Musetta and... 10:01 AM
  • Krunoslav: William Madison’s very well-researched and convincing biography of Ms. Kahn was just issued. Highly recommended. He... 8:58 AM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: “They quote Keats and Shelly then jump on your belly and bust your balloon” has got to be one... 8:44 AM
  • messa di voce: TBA is out; Fritolli is in. 8:41 AM
  • DellaCasaFan: I think the second paragraph in Kaufmann’s comments points to what really upsets him, perhaps more than possible... 8:27 AM
  • WindyCityOperaman: Apparently Mel Brooks told her to “do a really bad Marlene Dietrich” . . . httpvh://www.yo... 8:27 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: When the tickets were sold it was originally 19.30 then Bachler changed the time to 20.30. I got rid of my ticket after... 7:37 AM
  • armerjacquino: You do hear people say it though, that’s the scary bit. 7:07 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]