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  • JohninSeattle: I agree with everyone about the Grand Inquisitor scene… it was awful in every way imaginable. Chicagoing I believe... 12:06 PM
  • jackoh: I guess that what sparks outrage in each of us differs among us. 11:39 AM
  • DonCarloFanatic: Sorry to hear that. The Grand Inquisitor’s terrifying appearance despite his blindness is the most riveting moment... 11:19 AM
  • gustave of montreal: If I were to attend La Juive a story in the old city of Konstanz, and find the singers in modern dress with coats... 10:35 AM
  • chicagoing: The manner in which the Grand Inquisitor’s blindness was handled, a dramatic choice about which I believe there is no... 10:24 AM
  • The Poet Lenski: Opolais withdrew from the production. No explanation was given. 10:10 AM
  • Krunoslav: “Josef von Manowarda” Among the most savage and regular denouncers of fellow artists as Jews, Communists and... 9:42 AM
  • Krunoslav: I thouGHt Silvestrelli was DREADFUL- top and bottom splayed, ugly heavy vibrato throughout, zero gravitas. He looked like... 9:39 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]