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  • Poison Ivy: http://operabase.c om/listart.cgi?id= org&lang=en&am p;name=Claire+%5BR utter%5D She sang... 11:02 AM
  • umangialaio: Sorry, I hadn’t read the news had already been posted. The official communique on the... 10:55 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: She just did Arabella there and the next one is the Festspielpremiere here in July. Anne... 10:53 AM
  • Satisfied: In Dresden I mean to say. 10:47 AM
  • manou: Smettetela! 10:47 AM
  • Satisfied: Isn’t she doing Arabella next season? 10:47 AM
  • Krunoslav: The only reason she’s ever been in the firing line here is because she is not worth importing to... 10:23 AM
  • umangialaio: JK cancels Cavalleria in June 2015 at La Scala. U 10:11 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: I keep hearing of the frequent cancellations of Harteros but do not forget that the only... 10:10 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Zeffirelli or Schenk could not have done it better. Too bad the singers were not as good as... 10:01 AM

Farinelli from heaven

Many contemporary opera-lovers must rue that they can never hear such 19th century icons as Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient or Adolphe Nourrit or the Garcia sisters, Maria Malibran and Pauline Viardot. But my impossible wish would be to hear one of the great castrati who dominated opera for most of the 18th century. I’m not the only one intrigued by these (mercifully) now-extinct musical anomalies—it’s a fascination that continues into the 21st century as heard on three variously compelling recent castrato-oriented CDs by countertenors David Hansen, Franco Fagioli and Philippe Jaroussky. In addition, the latter’s current US tour stopped by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Grace Rainey Rogers auditorium Tuesday evening. Read more »

Happy Birthday Philippe Jaroussky!

The French countertenor is 35 years old today. Read more »