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  • Poison Ivy: Lisa della Casa and Hilde Gueden. They sang together quite a bit but could not stand one another... 6:22 PM
  • Krunoslav: Adelina Patti and Etelka Gerster Olive Fremstad and Johanna Gadski 5:50 PM
  • Bill: Well, Anny and Hilde were sisters and sometimes sang together – for example in Die Walkuere... 5:49 PM
  • messa di voce: Wasn’t Emily Magee originally announced for this run? 4:59 PM
  • antikitschychick: Hippolyte: Thanks for sharing that. Love the boxing gloves :-P. I actually really like... 4:59 PM
  • antikitschychick: Thanks for various replies Buster. Am not familiar with some of those names so will try and... 4:53 PM
  • Hippolyte: http://www.simone- kermes.de/coming-s oon-rival-queens/ 4:50 PM
  • Buster: Anny v. Hilde Konetzni 4:32 PM
  • Buster: Faustina Bordoni v. Francesca Cuzzoni 4:17 PM
  • Buster: Lotte Lehmann v. Viorica Ursuleac 4:09 PM

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 »