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  • 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
  • gustave of montreal: Indeed it sucks big time. 4:07 PM
  • Constantine A. Papas: I stopped watching it. Unadulterated, twenty-four- carat garbage. And those dystrophic hips were visual insults. One... 3:43 PM
  • reedroom: Rawls has sung here in Seattle several times and while I would not say he is Del Monaco re-incarnated, he did well. Plenty of... 3:22 PM

About a boy

So what’s up with Nina Stemme’s Stimme?  The Kammersänerin is greeted rapturously at every performance she gives in Wien and new productions are lavished upon her (six to date).  At 52, she has pretty much covered the German dramatic soprano repertoire, having recently added Elektra to her roles.  This month, she returned to Leonore in Fidelio, a role she sang only once before, in London in 2011.   Read more »

So I married an axe murderess

Since neither my forays into obscure Dvorák and Leoncavallo were very successful (Vanda actually had more “listens” than La bohème!), I think the sturdier of you will enjoy Nina Stemme’s Elektra from Saturday night at Wiener Staatsoper.  Unfortunately, Anne Schwanewilms cancelled the entire run, so Ricarda Merbeth stepped into her puffy white dress. Read more »

Night and dreams

At the Opernhaus Zürich, the coat check is not optional. A collective hush extends throughout the hall just before the dimming of the lights. And it may be the last opera house in the world where the overwhelming majority of patrons still dress in formal attire; I have never felt like such a slob in my khakis and untucked shirt. Yet the pomp is not without reason; I do not believe there is another opera company in the world that maintains such impressively high musical values while performing in a fairly intimate space with stellar acoustics. Read more »

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Winged victors

The winners of the ninth annual F. Paul Driscoll Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence (or, as they are colloquially known, the “Opera News Awards”) have been revealed.

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Ugh! Neve!

La Cieca celebrates (if that is the word) the first snowfall of the season in New York in the traditional manner.

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