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  • WindyCityOperaman: There was a proposed musical by Maury Yeston, also supposed to star Placi. A concept... 10:09 AM
  • Hippolyte: Barenboim conducting Gluck’s Orfeo with Mehta — gross! 10:01 AM
  • Ilka Saro: Weren’t there a couple of different operas on Goya that came out at roughly the same time... 9:48 AM
  • manou: Thank you – I am very fond of this Bohème. 9:38 AM
  • manou: Yes – but we shall miss the fun of Google Translate. Apologies for writing in French or Italian... 9:34 AM
  • Fluffy-net: Here’s the link in case some have not seen it: http://www.staatso per-berlin.de/d... 9:26 AM
  • LT: Roschmann was off the radar for years it seems and now she’s getting high-profile gigs again.... 9:23 AM
  • scifisci: Very jealous you’re getting to see this! With a role like elektra one never knows how long a... 9:13 AM
  • La Cieca: No, I think it is a natural reation if a comment is in German to respond in German. The problem is... 8:56 AM
  • Chanterelle: Wise policy. I see it the 18th. 8:45 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]