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  • Poison Ivy: Thanks for that compilation coloraturafan! (And thanks manou). I like Kunde’s high F the... 12:01 PM
  • kashania: Agreed. I was surprised that he even went for the F. That takes guts. The fact that he was ever... 11:59 AM
  • Operngasse: Thank you PI for reproducing this review. The only performance of I Puritani I have seen was... 11:51 AM
  • manou: Gualtier kindly posted this yesterday in the chat httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=xZ3u Ptm1Oyc I... 11:49 AM
  • Poison Ivy: The F last night definitely didn’t sound that good, but then again, this was 2008, and 6... 11:47 AM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: I think you’d approve of the idea of Isolde – act I is very dramatic and... 11:39 AM
  • bluecabochon: You’ll “let me” be right? Come on. You aren’t interested in the... 11:32 AM
  • kashania: I did not hear last night’s performance but Brownlee has sung the high F very convincingly... 11:24 AM
  • Tamino: herTz that is, cycles per second, that is. Not “heart” ; ; ) 11:18 AM
  • uwsinnyc: Great review. I only heard it over the radio but found the same qualities you so perfectly... 11:18 AM

On this island

“The Valerie Masterson of our generation!”

Mirella Freni: money laundress?

Soprano Mirella Freni is under investigation by the Bologna District Attorney’s office of Bologna for money laundering and exportation of money abroad in connection with the BER bank. The artist from Modena, 76, will be heard by the magistrates in the next few days to clarify her position, now that the DA Antonella Scandellari has sent her a notice of the closing of the investigations. The singer has so far denied any wrongdoing. (Thanks to Our Own Ercole Farnese for the tip!) [Corriere della Sera]

Goose to be cooked

Our Own Sanford graces the stage of Amore Opera tomorrow night as Dr. Bartolo in The Marriage of Figaro, and you can get $10 off ticket prices using the discount code “opening10″.  He further treads the boards on the October 22, 24 and 30.

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Vergin territory

Incredible, but true, I Puritani had not been performed in Great Britain since 1887 when Glyndebourne decided to stage it in 1960 with the main intention to showcase Joan Sutherland, who had been catapulted to international superstardom one year earlier in the legendary Lucia di Lammermoor at Covent Garden. Furthermore, Vittorio Gui, who had already been introducing the Glyndebourne audiences to Rossini, was eager to add more belcanto works to the repertoire of that opera company. This effort is now documented on the CD just released on the Glyndebourne Enterprise label.  

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The Quantification of the Diva: Part the Third

And now, cher public, let’s put today’s singers, the Contemporary Divas, under the microscope. How do they stack up?

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Oh, how we danced on the night we were webbed

Lots of media news today, so let’s not waste any time! La Cieca congratulates Opera News on the occasion of the mag’s 75th anniversary this month, though your doyenne is willing to swear that the mag doesn’t look a day over 60! 

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The ladies who liaise

Our own JJ (not pictured) revisits A Little Night Music, and who should be inhabiting that chateau extravagantly overstaffed but Elaine Stritch? [Capital New York]

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Things never change, Jo

In a tidbit sure to warm the cockles of Our Own Vicar of John Wakefield, beloved artist Dame Josephine Barstow will return to the ‘boards’ of the Gran Teatre de Liceu in April 2011.  The legendary septuagenarian singing actress will be heard in the pivotal rôle of “Mummy Lucy” in Richard Jones‘s inscenation of Rustic Chivalry.

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Tee party

Our Own CruzSF has devised a delightful new pastime, which consists of posing in a parterre box t-shirt “in front of the great and not-so-great opera houses of the world.” First up: the Napa Valley Opera House.  That’s after the jump.

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Ashley/Auntie

In an unexpected bonus round of “This Diva Looks Like That Diva,” conspiracy theorists will surely puzzle over the eerily similar headshots of these two New York Post columnists.  

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