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  • Quanto Painy Fakor: “full bore” sounds like Botstein to me! 11:56 AM
  • La Cieca: Okay, you’re on permanent moderation. Do your hatemongering someplace else. 8:57 AM
  • All-knowing Earth Goddess: What do you think of all the white people that sang the praises of Muhammad Ali last month but in the... 8:33 AM
  • Angelo Saccosta: Very well said, Chris, as always. Thank you. Mascagni’s connection and friendship with Puccini become more and more... 6:42 AM
  • La Cieca: Surely the custom of little or no applause after the first act had at least some basis in the way the act ends, i.e., very... 6:03 AM
  • 98rsd: LT…i don’t know how old you are, but the Publicans have been drumming up fake Clinton scandals for decades, from... 5:38 AM
  • 98rsd: What a surprise…a Trump voter who, first, injects race into the topic–and then thinks slavery is no big deal! 5:28 AM
  • LT: This years’ Operalia final took place Sunday. It seems that it was a very inconspicuous edition since no one is talking about... 12:37 AM

Oh, brilliant more than fire

CurtinToday the world of opera mourns the death of soprano and pedagogue Phyllis Curtin, who passed away yesterday at the age of 94.  Read more »

Denise Duval 1921-2016

Soprano Denise Duval, muse to Francis Poulenc, died yesterday in Switzerland. She was 94.   Read more »

Pierre Boulez 1925-2016

The composer and conductor died yesterday at his home in Baden-Baden, Germany. He was 90.   Read more »

Dobbs

Mattiwilda Dobbs 1925-2015

The African-American coloratura soprano, was one of the first black artists to sing leading roles in international theaters, died yesterday.

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Jon Vickers Tribute

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.

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Jon Vickers

Jon Vickers 1926-2015

The legendary Canadian heldentenor died on Friday. He was 88.

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Ronald Wilford

Ronald Wilford 1927-2015

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

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Juntwait

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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