Cher Public

  • Camille: No, you are NOT making it up, just like Anna Russell! 11:24 PM
  • Camille: Ha! Jungfer, we get popcorn and hot dogs and sodas, at least that’s what I have observed. A shame about the loss of the... 11:21 PM
  • rompicolleone: Mille grazie per questo !! I cried. I once had the pleasure (and terror: the Dies Irae!) of playing the Verdi Requiem with... 10:01 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: By the way, the camerawork and directing of the HD broadcast were impeccable. When the final credits... 9:49 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Wasn’t she just extraordinary? Not just hitting the notes, but the security and power took my breath... 9:43 PM
  • Camille: I just cannot get over how WELL; how inTUNE, and how Pankratova sings ALL the notes the Kundrys usually dodge out on! I have... 9:38 PM
  • armerjacquino: The last thirty seconds of that video have put a great big smile on my face. That’s how to do it. 8:49 PM
  • Camille: Vielen Dank, Jungferissima! We are taking a break from all that blabberblah at the DNC with Zweiter Akt of Parsifal for the... 8:44 PM

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)