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  • Bill: Elisabeth Gruemmer was another of Herbert von Karajan’s discoveries and had he not heard her... 11:21 AM
  • WindyCityOperaman: httpvh://www.youtu be.com/watch?v=YC5 KpmK6oOs httpvh://www.youtu be.com/watch?v=... 11:21 AM
  • La Cieca: Our Own JJ agrees with you: https://twitter.co m/jamesgjorden/sta tus/58275511416907 7760 11:17 AM
  • La Cieca: I can think of a lyric soprano or two I wouldn’t mind strangling, but that’s neither... 11:12 AM
  • Krunoslav: I assume a comma was implicit before the word ‘dying’ ;. Even so, not all that many... 11:07 AM
  • armerjacquino: I suspect transcription fail. There’s no way that sentence can be made to make any... 11:05 AM
  • semira mide: And Happy Birthday to Bach and Haydn…. the stars much surely have been aligned! 11:04 AM
  • DeepSouthSenior: “But we opera singers are used to strangling lyric sopranos dying from... 10:57 AM
  • Ilka Saro: I’ve barely seen any videos of DC, ever. But outside of the auto da fe scene, the key color... 10:52 AM
  • DeepSouthSenior: Last Christmas, Santa delivered the Blu-ray of Don Carlo with Kaufmann, Harteros, Hampson,... 10:45 AM

Our retrospection will now be all to the future


La Cieca predicts you will be seeing more of the same old puritans at the Met next season, and she’s not just talking about the ones who slouch around during intermission hissing, “You call that a trill?” But uou will also see six new productions (including a Met premiere of a 21st century work) and the local debut of one of opera’s most controversial stage directors. Read more »

deh vieni alla finestra

Liza’s main man Paulo Szot has some interesting and rather bold (if La Cieca may say so) opinions about the character of Leporello in today’s New York Times: “Don Giovanni needs him for everything: butt sex, to give him food, to give him drink, to share his feelings with.” (The article, fetchingly entitled “The Great Mozart Switcheroo,” poses the probing question, “So which, in the end, is the better part?”)

szot out

According to the blog AfterElton.com, Tony Award-winning barihunk Paulo Szot “is an out gay man.” Writer Brian Juergens says the blog “contacted his publicist and were told that yes, he is gay, and we’re welcome to say as much.”