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  • peter: He may have been a dud on stage but the times I heard him were from the Family Circle standing room... 12:34 PM
  • armerjacquino: vociaccia- certainly true when I saw him in TOSCA. He just strolled round the stage without... 12:16 PM
  • la vociaccia: He certainly had a marvelous voice which he trained extremely well, but was he ever... 12:10 PM
  • peter: Giacomini’s prime was fairly short but earlier on in his career, he had the most thrilling... 12:00 PM
  • NPW-Paris: I like to go to Kad?köy for lunch at Çiya. 11:57 AM
  • NPW-Paris: And the bust of Atatürk. 11:56 AM
  • NPW-Paris: I know it. But anyone seeing the photo must do a double-take. 11:55 AM
  • armerjacquino: And Giacomini, very ropey as Turiddu, just as he was when I saw him live as Cavaradossi.... 11:36 AM
  • Batty Masetto: Another composer-priest: Daniele da Castrovillari, whose screwball drama La Cleopatra will be... 11:28 AM
  • orlando: Pretty sure she was in that Philips Giorno di Regno as well. 11:04 AM

And the 2013 Pubies go to…

One startling upset catches the eye among the many winners (if that is the word) of the 2013 Parterre Box Awards. Read more »

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 »

Behind the red curtain

It was indeed a curious sensation  making a late morning trek to East 59th Street, a block devoted to showro0ms for bizarre upscale furniture and lighting fixtures, and then to enter a boutique cinema specializing in Hindi films (the big coming attraction right now is Desi Boyz) — and all this before sitting down in an auditiorium half- full of retirees to see a live performance of Don Giovanni from La Scala. That it worked as a Mozart experience I think can be chalked up to two factors: Robert Carsen‘s production and the constantly improving (if still imperfect) HD technology.  Read more »

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The baroque mullet

Separated at birth seducers “The Duelling Dons” demonstrate what the aristocratic redneck of the XVIII century will be wearing.

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O chat gentilissima

Tonight’s the night, cher public: the prima of the Met’s new Don Giovanni, conducted by fabulous Fabio Luisi and featuring that leading candidate for Einspringer of the Year, Peter Mattei. The fun begins at 7:30, both on Sirius/XM and on the Met’s Live Stream, and the effete will want to sharpen their knives in anticipation of the chat at La Casa della Cieca.

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Who is that masked man?

Peter Mattei will sing the opening night of the Met’s new Don Giovanni Thursday, replacing the injured Mariusz Kwiecien. Subbing for Mattei as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia tomorrow and Friday nights will be Rodion Pogossov.

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Northern stars

Winners of the seventh annual F. Paul Driscoll Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence, or, as they are colloquially known, the Opera News Awards, have been announced. Accepting the coveted “Effies” on Sunday, April 29 at The Plaza in New York City will be sopranos Karita Mattila and Anja Silja, baritones Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Peter Mattei, and director Peter Sellars. (Zany photo of Sellars by Alex Ross.)

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