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  • armerjacquino: Ciccia, I wasn’t suggesting that opera costumes are bought off the peg- opera has much bigger budgets than theatre... 8:55 AM
  • manou: Netrebko herself took a tumble in one of the Paris Opera potholes. 8:39 AM
  • manou: …also – no liquids for 24 hours beforehand. 8:36 AM
  • Cicciabella: NPW-Paris, the Trovatore sets and costumes were made in Amsterdam. The Amsterdam atelier is perfectly capable of making... 8:30 AM
  • NPW-Paris: Of course it may be my imagination, but it seems to me you can often see the difference between costumes made by the Paris... 8:11 AM
  • Cicciabella: Thank you for the insider info. They apparently buy clothes off the peg and do not alter them to fit the singers. No wonder a... 8:11 AM
  • NPW-Paris: You’re welcome. Take a pullover, a scarf and a plump cushion. 8:06 AM
  • antikitschychick: Thanks for those links NPW. 7:56 AM

Vanishing act

BREAKING: Kasper Holten, Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, has announced he will quit this post in March 2017. Read more »

Protestant movement

La Cieca is sure that Meyerbeer fanatics will be delighted to hear that the Royal Opera House Covent Garden is preparing a new staging of Les Huguenots with Elina Garanca (presumably as Valentine), Bryan Hymel (Raoul) and Diana Damrau (not pictured) as the Queen. No word yet on which role Christine Rice will be assigned.

Whippersnappers invade lawn

“A lot seems to be spent on productions that simply aren’t worth it. There seems to be a somewhat useless quest among directors for novelty and something alternative at any price. I wish managements could get directors and designers away from the idea that somehow or other they’ve got to do something different,” grumbled a 90-year-old. [The Telegraph]

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Critical care

The experience of watching Wagner’s final opera Parsifal is frequently elevated to a spiritual occurrence, and productions have historically emphasized the religious dimension of the opera’s core themes of redemption and the dangers of temptation.

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Rêve divin! Heureux délire!

Mama’s talkin’ loud

Sleep soundly tonight, Kasper Holten: your Vêpres Siciliennes casting problem has just been solved!

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A song at twilight

Yes, you’ve heard it already, but you might as well have an official place to talk about it: Marina Poplavskaya goes on tonight in Les Vêpres siciliennes at the Royal Opera House.

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A Faustian bargain

What we have here is the grandest opera never heard.

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The burning Ghars, or Ghats, or whatever they are

Lots of chatter in the British press about the Rowley rowdydow at the Garden.

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Bringing up baby

La Cieca hears that Diana Damrau has withdrawn from the Royal Opera’s production of Robert le Diable (due to open December 6) because of pregnancy.

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Garden variety

Kasper Holten, director of the hunkalicious film Juan as well as current artistic director of Royal Danish Opera, will succeed Elaine Padmore as director of opera at the Royal Opera House starting next year. [The Stage]

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