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  • turings: Don’t get it either, but there is this interview/profile in the Guardian today:... 1:09 PM
  • kashania: This old idea from a back issue of Parterre is still the best idea of a Jessye TV show:... 1:01 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=lf-9 NPceJq8 12:49 PM
  • kashania: I feel like we’re missing a link here, or something… 12:44 PM
  • Will: I also took it as his direct address to the audience (us). I can certainly understand if he felt he... 11:46 AM
  • manou: This is mostly for Lady Abbado (hoping that she speaks Italian): https://soundcloud .com/radioclass... 11:07 AM
  • spiderman: Yes, DonCarloFanatic, chairs are a EUROPEAN thing … that’s why you still have to sit... 10:48 AM
  • DonCarloFanatic: Oh, no. Chairs AGAIN??! It’s a European thing, and I also do not understand why it... 10:36 AM
  • aulus agerius: I did not notice Cav being dark. However, The Paramount Theater makes a big deal of the fact... 9:32 AM
  • aulus agerius: I thought having Canio sing his aria in front of the curtain was an echo of Tonio singing the... 9:09 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]