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  • Cocky Kurwenal: Their vibratos will kind of match, at least! I’m afraid it’s kind of my Norma from hell but I’m very... 7:22 AM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: Whether Yoncheva is doing too much too soon is something we won’t know until after she’s done it. But she... 7:20 AM
  • DeepSouthSenior: Thanks, everyone, for a great discussion on this thread, one of the most informative I’ve read at Parterre in a... 4:17 AM
  • Lohengrin: My idea: AN will do the new production with Alvarez or YE and JK will take over with KO. 1:58 AM
  • armerjacquino: Evyazov was singing Des Grieux for Muti at the Rome Opera when they met. That’s the top of the profession right there. 1:23 AM
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  • LT: She did Boheme in June of 2015. Unless you’re being sarcastic, which you probably are but I will pretend to not notice. 10:11 PM
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Deliberate cruelty is unforgivable

For the second performance of Renée Fleming‘s “Perspectives” performances at Carnegie Hall she chose a semi-staged version of André Previn‘s A Streetcar Named Desire, with the “People’s Diva” herself in the iconic role of the unstable Blanche DuBois.  Bravo to her for choosing an opera based on an American subject matter that had yet to be presented in NYC!  Bravo to her for arriving at a level of celestial operatic stardom that allows her to cherry pick all manner of repertoire for her own series of concerts presented at Carnegie Hall!

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Big Daddy says “bullfighter”

Says the Met press office this snowy afternoon: “Dwayne Croft will sing the role of Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen on February 9, 13, and 16, replacing Teddy Tahu Rhodes, who determined in rehearsals that the role was no longer suitable for his voice. Casting for the performances on February 20, 23 matinee, 26, and March 1 will be announced at a later date.”

Solid gold

Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard has been named the recipient of the sixth annual Beverly Sills Artist Award for young singers at the Metropolitan Opera. She receives a $50,000 prize and is married to Teddy Tahu Rhodes, which frankly strikes La Cieca as overkill. (Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera)