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  • Camille: You know, come to think of it, she sang the duet with Domingo, in the 2009 Gala, and there were many singers there being futured... 9:22 PM
  • steveac10: I’ve only seen Gerzmava live once – in last year’s Hoffmann. My experience was much like the description of... 9:13 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: That score is really deficient in many ways. The preface is woefully inadequate and that editor is woefully refutable! 9:12 PM
  • Camille: Thank you for sharing your sweetest memories and I am so happy you have known such great fulfillment and joy. Don’t worry,... 9:11 PM
  • John L: I noticed that too. Like the Met is one to two years behind the LOC. Although certainly not as busy as the Met, the quality of... 8:37 PM
  • Camille: Bill, Jungfer, La Cieca und Alles! I refer you to the SCHOTT publication: TANNHÄUSER und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg Große... 8:27 PM
  • oscar: I was at the premier of this production back in 1977 as well. I’d make a pilgrimage to NY if I knew I could regain my lost... 8:06 PM
  • WindyCityOperaman: Also born on this day in 1835 composer Camille Saint-Saëns httpvh://www.youtu 7c_z806c 7:32 PM

A life with a hero

By some quirk of fate, I tend to hear about the deaths of many operatic legends via radio news while out driving.  This again proved the case with Canadian tenor Jon Vickers, who passed away on June 10.  Previous experience with the demise of Luciano Pavarotti, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Renata Tebaldi has taught me that it’s best to table my immediate itinerary, steer the car out of traffic and let the tears flow.   Read more »

Jon Vickers 1926-2015

The legendary Canadian heldentenor died on Friday. He was 88.   Read more »

Ronald Wilford 1927-2015

The “manager of legendary maestros” including James Levine, died today in Manhattan. He was 87. [New York Times]


Margaret Juntwait 1957-2015

The host of the Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday Afternoon Radio Broadcasts and longtime public radio personality died today of complications from ovarian cancer. She was 58.

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Andrew Porter

This art our Master well did guard

Musicologist, translator and above all critic Andrew Porter has died.

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Elena Obraztsova

Elena Obraztsova 1939-2015

The celebrated Russian mezzo-soprano has died. She was 75.

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Irene Dalis

Irene Dalis 1925-2014

The American mezzo-soprano and impresario died today in San Jose after a long illness. She was 89.

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Magda Olivero 1910-2014

The legendary Italian soprano Magda Olivero has died.

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Licia Albanese

Licia Albanese 1913-2014

La Cieca has just heard the sad news that the beloved soprano Licia Albanese died earlier this evening. She was 101.

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Carlo Bergonzi

Carlo Bergonzi 1924-2014

The legendary and beloved Italian tenor died earlier today. He was 90.

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