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  • La Cieca: Yeah, I kind of find the logic boggling here: either spend hundreds of millions of dollars and a... 12:15 PM
  • kashania: Gelb did not set out to create a “drab/boring” Hoffmann. Oh, but I thought that was precisely... 12:14 PM
  • kashania: Cocky: There is a very good reason why most N. American venues are too big for ideal acoustics and... 12:10 PM
  • figaroindy: Totally agree with Kashania and Cocky here…so, we reduce seats, selling fewer, which... 12:06 PM
  • phoenix: ‘Any young singer will do –’ for you, but not for everyone 11:56 AM
  • La Cieca: Which is why Gelb was foolish to substitute the current drab/boring Hoffman for the wonderful... 11:55 AM
  • kashania: LW: As I’ve already stated, the HD broadcasts turn a profit, so they are actually adding to... 11:54 AM
  • Archaeopteryx: I think the widening of the vibrato is a natural thing to her voice – it was rather... 11:54 AM
  • Regina delle fate: Well Bayreuth don’t have a great recent record of casting Eva – Amanda Mace... 11:52 AM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: Thanks for clearing that one up, Kashania. I must say I have read the suggestion so many... 11:42 AM

Even smiling makes my face ache

Call it brio, joie de vivre, zest, élan vital, perhaps Lebenslust. You might even call it “fun.” But no matter what you call it, that’s not the mood Renée Fleming was in when she dropped in for lunch with Muse at Bloomberg.

Evil mutants

“Lyric Opera of Chicago announced today that the respected stage, film and television actor Patrick Stewart will co-host The Second City Guide to the Opera on Saturday, January 5 with internationally renowned soprano and Lyric Opera creative consultant Renée Fleming…. Fleming will perform with live musical accompaniment, and both she and Stewart [pictured] will share emcee duties and appear in satirical vignettes.” [Broadway World]