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  • Feldmarschallin: Congratulations. Two people I know got tickets, one for the premiere and one for the second... 7:50 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Not to mention the piano G on ‘Rosn’ . 7:47 AM
  • tiger1: The opening phrase of the trio also contains a high B flat and should be very “floating 221;... 7:43 AM
  • Lohengrin: May be in Salzburg he was not as familiar as necassary withe Don Carlo…... 7:29 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Well I heard Hampson as well live in Salzburg and thought he was horrible. Dry tone the... 7:00 AM
  • Lohengrin: Ich have seen DC livein Sakzburg. TH was in general a convincingly Posa, but his singing was... 6:31 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Well in that Arabella it is a tie who is worse and it is also a tie who looks older. Not all... 4:26 AM
  • ML: He is past the end of his shelf life. Have you heard the Sony Don Carlo? 4:04 AM
  • m. croche: Also forthcoming. Reviews enclosed. Can you spot the JJ? httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=5... 2:27 AM
  • danpatter: Camille, I believe Beverly Sills’ recording of NORMA has “Casta diva” in G,... 10:47 PM

Slow curtain

La Cieca notices that Deborah Voigt‘s engagement as Leonore in Fidelio at Liège has quietly disappeared from her calendar while the l’Opéra Royal de Wallonie now specifies Jennifer Wilson in the title role. The Beethoven was the only remaining opera engagement for Voigt between spring 2013 (the Ring at the Met) and spring 2014 (Wozzeck in the same venue).

In memoriam Mike Richter

Serious opera fan and internet pioneer Mike Richter died earlier this week. One of his many exhaustive projects was the mastering and encoding of hundreds of outstanding live opera performances onto CD-ROMs. Following the jump, a tribute to Mike in the form of an excerpt from his “Audio Encyclopedia.” Read more »

Whimper

“Opera America, a service organization for opera companies, has expressed interest in purchasing City Opera’s thrift shop…” [Wall Street Journal]

chereau

Patrice Chéreau, 1944-2013

The celebrated opera director and filmmaker died today of lung cancer in Paris. He was 68.

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tumbleweed

It’s over

“New York City Opera, created 70 years ago as the ‘people’s opera,’ expects to file for bankruptcy protection on Oct. 2 and either liquidate in court or be sold to another institution, its lawyer said.”

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mot

Smiling through

And we have a Mot du Jour!

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funny_business

Slow curtain

“New York City Opera… will be forced to cancel most of its current season and all of its next season if it fails to raise $20 million by year’s end, company officials say.”

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coloraturafan

Who’ll stop the reign

La Cieca is most unhappy indeed to hear that coloraturafan, the undisputed monarch of opera on YouTube, has had his “fourth or fifth” account on the service deleted.

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Claramae Turner 1920-2012

The American contralto, who created the title role in Menotti’s The Medium and introduced the song “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” died May 18. She was 92.

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cowardly

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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