Cher Public

  • LT: Can someone explain Beczala’s French pronunciation? Contempler becomes contempli, eclarte’ becomes eclarti. Sounds bad! 11:53 PM
  • antikitschychick: sorry last season’s new production of Figaro. 10:31 PM
  • antikitschychick: finished watching this year’s Tucker gala online. Kudos to aulus agerius for pointing out it was up on the Live... 10:30 PM
  • CwbyLA: I love her voice. So beautiful and distinctive! 9:50 PM
  • la vociaccia: I agree about the dodgy Cenerentola but that Gioconda duet was not without approximate pitches either. 9:38 PM
  • rapt: Thanks so much for the report, Manou. You’ve made my burden of responsibility much lighter to bear. (And of course I meant... 9:04 PM
  • manou: Gabouri is still loud and does have undeniable stage presence. She was pretty terrific all told. My husband thought she was one of... 8:40 PM
  • rapt: Manou, I’m curious how Gabouri did. I have that proprietory feeling towards her that comes of having heard her years ago in a... 8:15 PM

Racette baiting

Protean diva Patricia Racette will perform an ethnic hat-trick in 2013-2014 at San Francisco Opera when she offers roles spanning the gamut of racial groups. The soprano’s repertoire will include Margherita in Mefistofele, Cio-Cio-San and Julie in Show Boat. [San Francisco Chronicle]

Alla cantata ancor manca la diva

racette_toscaPatricia Racette will sing the title role in Puccini’s Tosca on April 14, 17, 20, and 24 matinee, replacing Karita Mattila, “who is ill” — this just in from the Met’s press office.