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  • La Cieca: The BSO ad on this site says 3:30, but 20:30 in Munich is certainly 2:30 here in New York. I’ll check with the BSO press... 2:18 AM
  • phillyoperalover: Thanks steveac10 :) 2:13 AM
  • DeepSouthSenior: I am disappointed, disturbed, and downcast by this entire discussion of Kaufmann and his “Don’t you dare buy... 1:19 AM
  • Lohenfal: This is decidedly OT, but the time for the BSO Manon Lescaut livestream on Friday is 2:30 New York time (20.30 Munich time,... 12:56 AM
  • steveac10: Butterfly has been done successfully by lighter voices since it premiered. Hong knows her way around a Puccini heroine, having... 12:26 AM
  • Buster: i just read Barbara Frittoli will sing those Mimis. 12:23 AM
  • phillyoperalover: Well here’s my thing, can Hong handle Butterfly? She has chosen her roles so carefully. I know she has done... 11:24 PM
  • Donna Anna: Stephen Powell was a superb di Luna in Cincinnati (the cast included Jamie Barton making her debut as Azucena, Russell Thomas... 9:30 PM

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]