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  • Milly Grazie: Great review! Helpful, concise and insightful. I spilled my coffee howling as I read, “Melanie Long (Ava) shoved her... 4:59 AM
  • danpatter: Goerke’s “Hojotoho 221; is indeed thrilling. There’s even a fairly decent trill. That trill was also on... 2:20 AM
  • Krunoslav: “the Czech soprano Gabriela Benacková” Do not call her than in Bratislava! She made a great career inPrague but she... 1:18 AM
  • Sanford: Roberta Peters was the reason I became an opera singer. When I was 14 or 15, I heard her sing the Vilialied on Dinah... 12:22 AM
  • antikitschychick: LOL @ this and your previous comment. Perhaps you and Verret are right. Also, I’m sure Elina, La Rad and Mariusz... 11:29 PM
  • antikitschychick: Hi Neil, thank you for sharing your thoughts about Rad’s Norma. Having listened to a couple of live broadcasts... 11:20 PM
  • LT: This whole paraNorma activity reminded me of Verrett’s autobiography, in which she says that Norma is one of the most overrated... 10:14 PM
  • antikitschychick: https://cdn.meme.a m/instances/500x/4 4843606.jpg 9:19 PM

So near and yet so far

Anna YusifFor those homebody members of the cher public who don’t frequent such venues as Nagoya, Seoul, Taipei or Santa Monica, here’s an extended clip of what the recent concert tour by Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov sounded like. Read more »

Moor than expected

La Cieca guesses we will have to make these quizzes more challenging. Even the (as we thought) impossibly obscure Otello of Spas Wenkoff did not baffle Hugo Santos, who nailed every single Otello in last week’s quiz.  After the jump, though, there’s one last bit of puzzlement.   Read more »

Silenzio! Anna verso noi s’avanza

A first hint of what Anna Netrebko‘s latest Verdi role will sound like.   Read more »

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Ha, wie begreifst du schnell und wohl!

Well done all of you for guessing almost all the correct identities of the mysterious Ortruden.

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Ultima voce del mio destino

Long rumored, here it is: Anna Netrebko sings “Suicidio!” from La Gioconda!

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Monster ball

I have banged on and on about doing an “Abscheulicher” quiz for years.

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Brotherly love

Again dipping into the rich archive of live recordings remastered and made available by the late Mike Richter, we find this selection from his early disc “Odd Opera 2.”

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In memoriam Mike Richter

Serious opera fan and internet pioneer Mike Richter died earlier this week.

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Normative

La Cieca is sort of out of words trying to describe what makes a great performance of the role of Norma, as opposed to the conscientious traversal of the notes.

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Strike a Posa

It’s just a teensy bit late for Verdi’s birthday, but La Cieca thinks you’ll enjoy the latest vocal ID challenge, cher public.

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