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  • aulus agerius: There was also one called Red White and Maddox a couple of years later (41 performances), one... 10:11 AM
  • pavel: “The world’s most luxurious soprano” :-)) 10:07 AM
  • alejandro: btw: (forgive if this has been linked to already) http://www.amazon. com/Richard-Str... 9:53 AM
  • alejandro: I read she’s starring in the movie adaptation of Americanah, which sounds like a great... 9:43 AM
  • alejandro: I love Lupita! BRING IT. And for all her divatude, I saw Battle in L’Elisir opposite... 9:41 AM
  • Will: They’re going to have to be very careful — given the lady’s history, I can imagine... 9:40 AM
  • operaassport: Oh my. I love Lupita, who despite her Oscar can’t get good roles in films, but a life of... 9:38 AM
  • messa di voce: Another opera connection: Playten was Fred Plotkin’s cousin 9:37 AM
  • armerjacquino: I happen to live within three kilometres of the Arab quarter here so I’m well aware of what’s... 8:39 AM
  • messa di voce: Michael Bennett choreography, with Pia Zadora and Priscilla Lopez in the chorus! 8:35 AM

“Where was Liam Joshua?”

“Anyone looking for orgiastic obscenity in Calixto Bieito‘s production of Carmen at the London Coliseum, will be bitterly disappointed, writes Rupert Christiansen.” [The Telegraph]

Reader, I shagged him

Deborah Orr (“one of Britain’s leading social and political commentators”) doesn’t know much about opera, but she does know she prefers opera to al fresco gay sex. At least I think that’s what she’s talking about in The Guardian.

Vicar aghast at codswallop

fatherjackto7

“Italian opera has never been more popular. It has also never been in greater need of Italian voices. No matter how good the alternatives, a home-grown voice, properly schooled, transforms the sound of Verdi. It is not just the diction or timbre. It is the tradition . . . . Nicholas Hytner’s staging … remains earthbound. Why is it that successive National Theatre directors, upon entering the Royal Opera House, automatically capitulate to operatic convention?” [Financial Times]