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  • PCally: Lang singing Isolde? I really like her a lot but I cannot really picture her as Isolde. More and more I’m wishing for Kampe,... 9:26 AM
  • Buster: Now Helen Donath has announced she will sing her final Mrs. Grose this week, I am skipping Elektra, and head of to Wiesbaden for... 6:39 AM
  • lyrebird: One more try httpv://youtu.be/B abLd9welOs 5:57 AM
  • lyrebird: Any excuse to remember the fabulous Coral Browne, Mrs Vincent Price, never more memorable than in Alan Bates’ An... 5:56 AM
  • lyrebird: That would be two previous nights, duh. 5:23 AM
  • lyrebird: I saw her Brunnhilde in 2010 when the Cologne (Carsen) Ring was shipped to Shanghai (World Expo). Hers was a big warm voice, a... 5:21 AM
  • armerjacquino: Yes, it is. 3:27 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Petra Lang is singing the Isolde next year in Bayreuth. 1:06 AM

Mirella Freni: money laundress?

Soprano Mirella Freni is under investigation by the Bologna District Attorney’s office of Bologna for money laundering and exportation of money abroad in connection with the BER bank. The artist from Modena, 76, will be heard by the magistrates in the next few days to clarify her position, now that the DA Antonella Scandellari has sent her a notice of the closing of the investigations. The singer has so far denied any wrongdoing. (Thanks to Our Own Ercole Farnese for the tip!) [Corriere della Sera]

E pluribus unum

absorbing manIt looks like the Washington National Opera is going to be absorbed by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. [Wall Street Journal]