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  • Cicciabella: Mock-heroic will do. 11:36 AM
  • Cicciabella: The grey and black dresses were indeed very elegant, worn with minimal jewellery. Then she went... 11:31 AM
  • NPW-Paris: I thought she might sing them “gleichzeitg ” and end with a display of fireworks. 11:10 AM
  • basso profundo: But he doesn’t have a heroic tenor voice. 11:09 AM
  • antikitschychick: Lol ok let me clarify. She wouldn’t sing them in that order; I was mostly just... 10:50 AM
  • DonCarloFanatic: Fun to see someone who does not need to wear a tent wearing one anyway. 10:17 AM
  • manou: …”Jona than Summers as Le Bailli”̷ 0;: Vivat, Kruno semper Vivat! Talk about... 10:14 AM
  • armerjacquino: And even this subthread started over a *Greek* singer. Then, inevitably… Can anyone say... 10:13 AM
  • Krunoslav: British-based is better! This season, and just the tip of the iceberg, taken in 5 minutes from... 10:05 AM
  • manou: The grey and black dresses are fine. The red one is modelled on the gowns worn by those South American... 9:58 AM

Seligsten Paar

Maestro Christian Thielemann has made his choice for Lohengrin casting in Dresden and, later, Bayreuth: “Anna Netrebko als Elsa und Piotr Beczala in der Titelpartie.” [Kurier]

La place des étoiles

“Le Concert de Paris” featuring Natalie Dessay, Anna Netrebko, Olga Peretyatko, Elina Garanca, Piotr Beczala, Lawrence Brownlee and Laurent Naouri, with the Orchestre National de France sous la direction de Daniele Gatti. Watch it!

Destination moon

The legend of the mermaid is ancient, and recently scientists have theorized that these legends might have arisen when humans encountered marine mammals such as whales, seals, or sea lions. Marine mammals live partially or entirely in the ocean, but must come to the surface to breathe. They are also famously intelligent, with an uncanny ability to communicate not only with each other, but with humans as well. The ancients seemed to acknowledge that these were creatures that deserved attention.   Read more »

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Blonde, bombshell

So we may all be on the same page as we discuss, following the jump is the video of the December 7 Traviata from La Scala.

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Tonight or Neva

Last night, the Met opened the 2013-14 season with a handsome, fairly conservative new production of Eugene Onegin by Deborah Warner that replaces the handsome, fairly conservative one by Robert Carsen. (The trend is clear.)

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Piotr, principally

Vanity project or not, these albums present a sensitive and talented artist showing off two little-seen sides of himself.

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Book club

La Cieca hears that the opening night of La Scala’s 2013 season will feature a new production of La traviata starring Diana Damrau and Piotr Beczala, directed by… no, not Franco Zeffirelli, but Dmitri Tcherniakov.

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The Piotr principle

A Dutch-speaking parterrian has graciously translated the interview with Piotr Beczala that’s been causing such a foofaraw lately.

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The Beczala contradiction

So, Piotr Beczala (left) has gone and blabbed to Luister, which is some sort of Dutch glossy classical music magazine…

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I am missing the winter now

One quick way to warm up: Watching tenor heartthrob Roberto Alagna.

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