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  • steveac10: Staging Traviata at Verona seems to me to be more than a bit lunatic – they should stick to... 12:06 PM
  • Feldmarschallin: Oh really? Have been watching those Toscas for quite some time and thought they... 12:03 PM
  • Flora del Rio Grande: Or, better yet, don’t attend. And shut up on PTB! 12:02 PM
  • Clita del Toro: Roberto, I bet you are that horrendousTebaldi queen from opera-l. I have never heard such... 11:49 AM
  • Camille: Oh thank you, CK, for that is a good clue and I shall go searching for it. What is going on now in... 11:49 AM
  • Camille: A very interesting, worthwhile and well-annotates article by Tom Kaufman, courtesy of Opera Today... 11:43 AM
  • robertovillalba: Well, I don’t think Tosca was a good opera for Callas at all. So she left her three... 11:32 AM
  • Clita del Toro: Opps, messed it up again. Callas’ Ice Bucket Challenge. 10:57 AM
  • Clita del Toro: httpsv://www.youtu be.com/watch?v=aRR kQpysPC4 10:56 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Fidelio (Welser-Möst/Guth, Kaufmann, Pieczonka) Trovatore (zwei Besetzungen) Le nozze die... 10:42 AM

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 »

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. Read more »

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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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Our retrospection will now be all to the future

La Cieca predicts you won’t be seeing any puritans at the Met next season, except of course for the ones who slouch around during intermission hissing, “You call that a trill?”

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