Cher Public

  • Krunoslav: Odd that Sharapova has yet to be hired by DG, or Peter Gelb. 8:03 AM
  • Krunoslav: Maria [horses neigh offstage] Müller 8:02 AM
  • armerjacquino: Lucie Kasparkova is STRAIGHT into the ‘soprano or tennis player?’ game. 7:53 AM
  • Gualtier M: I think it was Maria Muller who Ponselle didn’t like who she called the washerwoman. Ponselle also wasn’t crazy... 7:32 AM
  • Krunoslav: Very tough to find examples. The opera house in Kosice, Slovakia this season alternated two sopranos as the Komponist, Lucie... 7:27 AM
  • Krunoslav: I recall another Ponselle denigration of Easton’s virtuosity, saying how , yes, maybe she could sing everything but maybe... 7:02 AM
  • armerjacquino: The truly bizarre thing was when soprano Veronique Gens sang Elvira at CG but still took the mezzo transposition in... 6:53 AM
  • armerjacquino: Read it again. I didn’t say anything about negating her current performances. 6:49 AM

“Venez-vous me mettre en bustier, cher auteur de mes maux?”

“Few operas better represent a moment such as ours, when stability and long-held certainties are hard to come by, particularly in regard to sexuality.” [New York Times]

Lede buried

“…Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton were in the audience, with their daughter, Chelsea, and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky. They were there, opera insiders said, because Chelsea Clinton is a friend of the tenor Vittorio Grigolo, who was playing the Chevalier, Manon’s true love.” [New York Times]

Woolfe at the door

Longtime Friend of the Box Zachary Woolfe (left) climbs onto the masthead of the New York Times as their new classical music editor, starting Monday.

Manon Met

Je sens une pure flamme

Our Own JJ‘s take on the Massenet will not appear until next week, but for now you are invited to make do with Zachary Woolfe‘s rave in the New York Times.

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Canard Lebrecht

Dog bites man, part infinity

“The soup is hot; the soup is cold; Norman Lebrecht got it wrong again.”

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Anna Netrebko

The seven percent solution

You figured it out a fortnight ago, cher public.

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didonatos

“Rachel, please, it can’t matter to you!”

Finally the mystery has been solved: glamorous Joyce DiDonato and mousy Rachel DiDonato (pictured, left to right) are really the same person!

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Anna_Norma

“It’s scary, but what can you do?”

“Ms. Netrebko, 43, spoke about her willingness to take risks…”

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pereira

The incomplete idiot

Intendant Alexander Pereira halts the merry-go-round briefly to discuss Salzburg and La Scala with Zachary Woolfe of the New York Times.

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rob_the_mob

Bullets over Valhalla

“But,” he added, “I find it distressing to be threatened by other artists.”

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