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  • Bill: I liked Ludmila Dvorakova a great deal – she had a Flagstad like warmth to her voice – very rich in the middle. She sang... 6:37 PM
  • luvtennis: I would have a hard time suspending my disbelief too. How can you kill nuns to music that’s this much FUN!... 5:49 PM
  • zinka: https://www.youtub e.com/results?sear ch_query=+ludmila+ dvorakova Sad..Died at 92 in a fire..VERY exciting singer!!!!! 5:26 PM
  • Batty Masetto: Doch, das gibt’s: http://www.duden.d e/rechtschreibung/ fisteln 5:24 PM
  • Greg.Freed: Fully off topic in any thread: years ago I had I guess a radio broadcast of the Elektra cast I heard in Houston in 1993:... 4:47 PM
  • Kassandra: I confess I am not a Puccini or a verismo fan, but they deserved better than this staging, costumes (unflattering), even acting... 4:41 PM
  • gustave of montreal: Kaufmann emasculated 4:17 PM
  • gustave of montreal: More singers should do it too instead of being subjected to that trash. 4:10 PM

Man of the future

Javier Camerena, “as close to a rock star as the Met has produced from its male roster this season,” has big plans with the company, with at least four roles planned for future seasons. [New York Times]

Evil twin

“Rely on the flamboyant German soprano Simone Kermes to steal scenes as La Jolie.” [New York Times]

Happy February 1!

To celebrate the birthday of Renata Tebaldi, our friends at Opera Depot are offering a free download of live performances by this great diva. And speaking of divas, Our Own JJ returns to Operavore this afternoon for a talk about operatic miscasting. And don’t miss Zachary Woolfe‘s fascinating look at the Met’s new and different Prince Igor in the New York Times.

brokeback

Ennis del Mar! Il storpi montano splende come un santo altar

“The cast, to a member, embraces every chance…”

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after-the-fox

Local man

After four years of delegating union talks to his predecessor, Joseph Volpe, Met honcho Peter Gelb will now lead negotiations himself.

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wilted_rose

Ancien regie

“But like any production left out in the sun a few decades, it gradually faded into mere decoration.”

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vepres

The mystery of Stefan’s “Vêpres”

The much-anticipated Stefan Herheim production of Les Vêpres Siciliennes opened last night at the Royal Opera, and the New York TimesZachary Woolfe was something less than completely bowled over.

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obsessions

Post-Liebestod

“The title character in Barber’s Gothic melodrama Vanessa, a self-deluded, manipulative older woman, ‘keeps coming up,’ Ms. Voigt said.”

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lifeboat

“Dying together’s even more personal than living together”

“New York City Opera… says it likely will fail in its goal to raise $7 million by Monday, the deadline it set for suspending the bulk of its 2013-14 season.”

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furor

“If the headline is big enough, it makes the news big enough”

For those of you who might have overlooked the fact that James Levine is conducting tomorrow night at the Met, the New York Times will get you up to speed this morning with no fewer than four (4) features on the return of “somebody who may be the greatest opera conductor in history.”

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