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  • Feldmarschallin: For me the essential Tristan recordings are the Furtwängler, HvK with Mödl in absolute... 5:55 AM
  • Buster: Great interview with Fabiano, in English, despite the Ich will immer mehr: http://operalou... 5:54 AM
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  • Feldmarschallin: Today is the 42nd birthday of Anja Harteros. Her singing of Tosca was highly anticipated and... 5:45 AM
  • Porgy Amor: Vespri was the opera that got me off on a bad foot with her. Years ago I had dinner with a friend... 4:02 AM
  • La Cieca: In fact, Grimoaldo’s dream exactly describes how opera was done in a number of American... 3:30 AM
  • La Cieca: You “believe? 221; How do you think a career is managed, by reading Bible verses? A decent... 3:15 AM
  • La Cieca: I’m still waiting to hear Sondra sounding great in Vespri — her Met performances were... 3:11 AM
  • La Cieca: That performance is quite amazing, and so is (in a different way) her 1970 La Scala performance of... 3:08 AM
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Ring? What ring?

All right, I admit it; I finally broke down and read the program notes for the Ring in the Bayreuth program book.   Read more »

High concept

Well, my dears, if you thought Frank Castorf‘s Ring and Stefan Herheim‘s Meistersinger were outré, then wait until you get a load of the radical take on Don Carlos by Peter Stein for the Salzburg Festival!   Read more »

Get your kicks on Route Sechsundsechzig

Revealed: first images of Frank Castorf‘s production of the Ring, launching Friday at Bayreuth. [Abendzeitung München]

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Nacht und Träume

We waited eagerly to hear the Munich-born Jonas Kaufmann make his role debut as Manrico at the Bavarian State Opera as well the German-Greek soprano Anja Harteros take on Leonora’s bravura difficult arias.

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She sang a mouthful

Soprano Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs sings the final scene from Salome in the Stefan Herheim production for Den Norske Opera.

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Clichés Grip City

La Cieca supposes she shouldn’t complain: the more time Lorin Maazel spends on Facebook, the less time he spends conducting Don Carlo.

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"It's obvious you're not a woman."

O Engländer! Seid ihr nicht Toren…

As she herself points out, Zerbinetta is perhaps the first woman besides “the inimitable Heather MacDonald” to write a serious critique of Calixto Bieito‘s production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail.

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Spanish panic

Here’s a glimpse of the Regie route Anna Netrebko and Placido Domingo will go in November when they make their role debuts in Il trovatore at the Berlin Staatsoper.

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The Grand “Gatsby”

La Cieca doesn’t branch out into The Film very often (even though she is quite the ardent cinephile) but the recent release—or, at any rate, the reaction to the recent release—of Baz Luhrmann‘s film of The Great Gatsby served to crystallize a few ideas bubbling about in your doyenne’s brain.

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Ancient German virtue of bravery gone missing

In a press release, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein at Düsseldorf has announced the cancellation of its controversial new production of Tannhäuser.

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