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  • armerjacquino: It was indeed a delightful post. (I don’t like quarreling. Only an idiot likes quarreling. Saying so will doubtless... 5:09 PM
  • antikitschychick: Cicciabella, for posting that review I thank you. (Also, email you about my spring break trip I must! Amsterdam... 5:09 PM
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  • antikitschychick: Armerj, smart and righteous you are but taking what I said to the extreme you are because like to quarrel you do ;-).... 4:56 PM
  • Porgy Amor: No, the unnamed, puny-sounding Manrico on Netrebko’s DVD of Trovatore is Gaston Rivero. He stepped in late, so there was... 4:38 PM
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  • Cicciabella: Brandon Jovanovich is also a very good Cavaradossi. Eyvazov is hardly the only game in town, although sound spinto tenors are... 4:09 PM
  • armerjacquino: Well, it could be argued that having to mention two tenors who by your own admission don’t sing the role would... 3:31 PM

Everyone’s an expert

Lebrecht Naked Guy“I’m not worried about their pitching. They got pitching. They got no hitting.” “No hitting? They got hitting! They got no defense!” [Slipped Disc]

“I will applaud your discretion when you leave”

You know La Cieca is the last person in the universe to repeat gossip, so listen carefully the first time. There was a bit of a foofaraw over on Facebook yesterday involving two of your doyenne’s favorite people, in alphabetical order Christine Goerke and Norman Lebrecht, and I think the graphic above may be a teeny spoiler as to how it turned out. Details after the jump, cher public.  Read more »

“Never mind!”

Depending on which time this morning you read Slipped Disc (and you don’t, of course, but on the off chance you were so foolish) you would have found out that Literally the Worst Journalist Who Ever Lived was reporting an exclusive story that Graham Vick was fired from a La Scala production of La fanciulla del West because he intended to insert a gay bar scene into the opera, or else that Vick’s departure from the production—which was actually announced three months ago—had nothing to do with inserting a gay bar scene into a La Scala production of La fanciulla del West.    Read more »

Lebrecht Liaisons

Bête baignoire

Why, look: Norman Lebrecht has found yet another reactionary cause to embrace!

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bacon lovers

Apotheosis

There is something for everyone on the internet, even classical music aficionados who are looking for fellow bacon-lovers to share stories about breastfeeding porn arrests.

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Sokolov

Schadenfreude, schöner Götterfunken

“One of the most highly-regarded pianists of our time, Grigory Sokolov, has refused to accept the Cremona Music Award 2015 because it has previously been awarded to the blogger Norman Lebrecht.”

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white male

When Caucasians collide

Here’s a charming example of an old European white male quoting another old European white male for the purpose of mansplaining to those silly Asians why they have no business getting offended at ethnic stereotypes.

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Canard Lebrecht

Dog bites man, part infinity

“The soup is hot; the soup is cold; Norman Lebrecht got it wrong again.”

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canute_thumb

Pulped friction

Prepare to have your eyes opened.

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fury

All right, God, you have my attention

Norman Lebrecht announces that Deborah Voigt , “one of the leading Brünnhildes of our time,” will join Rufus Wainwright to sing arias from Prima Donna (5) and will then join him in a duet of “If I Loved You” from Carousel and… oh, I just can’t.

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