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  • Cocky Kurwenal: Very good performance – even the trills! It sounded a little pressed in places but then it’s dramatic... 1:41 PM
  • mercadante: Looking closer at the video, she looks beautiful. But that v neck caftan and earrings are unflattering , make her look bigger... 1:34 PM
  • JohninSeattle: “There are audience members on the sides of the stage. Were they pre-selected with catheters in their tuxes so they... 1:27 PM
  • mercadante: I love the direction she’s going: Gioconda, Aida, Trovatore, Mefistofele are all great for her dark spinto voice and her... 1:26 PM
  • DerLeiermann: Ramon Vinay was very fine in Othello and Tristan. 1:14 PM
  • mercadante: There’s no such thing as bad regie, just regie you don’t yet understand. 1:09 PM
  • Greg.Freed: AND ANOTHER THING… 1:08 PM
  • Buster: The stage designer deserves a mention: visual artist Joep van Lieshout: http://www.designb oom.com/design/joe p-van-lieshout-... 12:57 PM

Pretty perfect

“In a winter rich with splashy debuts, Friday’s performance of Le Comte Ory introduced a 27-year-old South African charmer who may well be the Met’s next big star. She’s Pretty Yende, and that first name fits her to a tee, what with her willowy figure, megawatt smile and—most of all—ravishing light soprano.” [New York Post]

One furtive tenor

SHOWBIZ Operastar 144450“Mexikanische Startenor” Rolando Villazón has canceled tomorrow night’s performance of L’elisir d’amore at the Munich Opera Festival due to an “acute infection.”  Speaking of “a cute,” substituting in the role of Nemorino will be puppylicious Pavol Breslik. [via]

puppy on a hot tin roof

La Cieca cannot help losing her heart to a stage director who compares Berg’s Lulu to “early Elizabeth Taylor,” particularly when the regisseur in question is puppylicious Paul Curran. (In this video he’s introducing the opera for his new production at Lyric Opera of Chicago opening in November.)

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