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  • messa di voce: Thanks for the beak! 9:16 PM
  • La Cieca: Well, he was drinking the blood of human sacrifices on the Grand Tier all that time, so a little... 9:15 PM
  • Porgy Amor: Maybe I’m just being dense or uninformed here about the way these transitions work, but... 8:47 PM
  • bluecabochon: Messa, I just posts it, I don’t have to prove anything that someone else writes about,... 8:46 PM
  • Indiana Loiterer III: Surprised nobody mentioned Fledermaus or Merry Widow, considering how often we’ve... 8:46 PM
  • La Cieca: Gosh, it’s a good thing that all fourth-hand anonymous gossip issuing from people who... 8:45 PM
  • The_Kid: i am sorry, but this is beyond ridiculous. someone should sue that guy. does Gelb also have his... 8:27 PM
  • messa di voce: Please give an example of a new production with “more expensive and detailed... 8:26 PM
  • bluecabochon: Here’s a beak. :> Why not? It could have been home office bookcases. I’m sure... 8:25 PM
  • The_Kid: Ooh yes I forgot all about ‘The Silent Woman’… ;.now I want to do a list: Aida:... 8:24 PM

Swiss you were here

The Pierre Audi production of Guillaume Tell has opened at De Nederlandse Opera, and the staging (destined for the Met* circa 2018) has been pronounced a “triumphant success.” There’s a glimpse of the show after the jump. Read more »

Happy Leap Day!

Not only is it Rossini’s 53rd birthday but also an opportunity to celebrate the art of the intervallic leap. YouTube yourselves into frenzy, cher public! Read more »

Behold, his mighty score!

Oh, Rossini, Rossini! You mad, adorable fool! What power could you find in the theaters of Paris to keep you from Neapolitan arms?

If you are fond of Rossini (or any other major composer), you will want to collect the whole set. Each piece of the jigsaw adds detail to the picture, but there are switchbacks and double-exposures that can be tricky, as the busy and hugely successful young composer recycled or redeveloped old, ill-received or, in a new location, unfamiliar material.   Read more »

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grand hotel

From the Vienna State Opera in January 1988, the first part of the Rossini opera you, cher public, chose: Il viaggio a Reims. Among the all-star cast in this episode of Unnatural Acts of Opera:

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le public affair

The cher public have spoken, and their chosen Rossini oeuvre, to be featured on the next Unnatural Acts of Opera, is…

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rossini runoff

Here’s a snapshot of the current Unnatural Acts of Opera poll:

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armida? i hardly know her!

The solution to the “D’amor al dolce impero” quiz … Maria Callas Renata Scotto Katia Ricciarrelli Christina Deutekom Adelaide Negri Renee Fleming Jennifer Larmore Christine Weidinger Nelly Miricioiu Maja Tabatadze Cecilia Gasdia Montserrat Caballe

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the cieca caucus

Faust (Gounod) Acts 4 and 5 Since our this podcast completes our series of Faust episodes, La Cieca needs to decide which work should be featured next on “Unnatural Acts of Opera.” Your doyenne has narrowed the selection down to five works of maestro Rossini, and now it’s up to you, cher public, to tell her which of these five you want to hear.

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