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  • Cicciabella: Semenchuk sang at Charles and Camilla’s wedding, hand-picked by the Prince himself. Her... 3:18 PM
  • Cicciabella: I don’t know if he’s ever sung it, but, based on his Otello and other Verdi roles,... 3:09 PM
  • rapt: Giacometti, however, would only sing with extremely thin sopranos… 2:52 PM
  • Fidelia: Thanks for your reply, Bill. Mr F agrees with you, and although a great admirer of Vickers thinks... 2:46 PM
  • Camille: Badly behaved vestal virgins are the BEST kind! Wouldn’t you be badly behaved if all you had... 2:42 PM
  • Camille: We mustn’t carry on any longer or La Cieca will wonder what we all have got in our pipes and... 2:40 PM
  • LT: Bill, this sounds very plausible. Considering she was going to debut the role of Aida in Rome under Muti... 2:39 PM
  • Bill: Well Pavarotti also sang Radames, at least some performances I guess he is in your first group. Di... 2:37 PM
  • danpatter: It occurred to me while listening to this that a few transpositions might help her enormously.... 2:10 PM
  • NPW-Paris: Le Roi de Lahore is another one I haven’t listened to for ages. If I carry on at this rate... 2:00 PM

The battle is on

“The labor strife at the Metropolitan Opera took on a new urgency Wednesday, when the company’s general manager, Peter Gelb, sent its orchestra, chorus, stagehands and other workers letters warning them to prepare for a lockout if no contract deal is reached by next week.” [New York Times]

Petered out

Daniel Wakin reports that “WQXR pulled a blog posting critical of the Metropolitan Opera’s new Ring cycle last month after the Met’s general manager, Peter Gelb, personally complained to the radio station’s top executive…. The Met has a small sponsorship arrangement with WQXR, which for decades has broadcast live Met performances on Saturdays.”   Read more »

A Ring is Born

mumford_starTamara Mumford (Flosshilde in Das Rheingold) explains the concept of the Met’s new production of the Ring.   Read more »