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  • PCally: So many of my favorite artists were born in this day! I love it 9:39 PM
  • Camille: httpv://youtube.co m/watch?v=EKiqthx0 GKw Hoping everyone had a safe and happy celebration. 8:42 PM
  • Stefan: I wouldn’t call it boring but lets just say, not very exciting (to be tactful). On a separate note, I found out two days ago... 8:36 PM
  • PCally: Hmmm well personally I do tend to find La Juive a pretty boring opera and I’ve loved a couple of productions that I’ve... 6:56 PM
  • jackoh: Let me venture an opinion that I am not sure how far that I would go to defend. I don’t think that there is any such thing as a... 6:32 PM
  • aulus agerius: Such a boring opera…..I couldn’t stick with it. Those 2 sopranos going on and on. I’m having a hard time... 5:45 PM
  • RosinaLeckermaul: Went to NABUCCO at the Royal Opera last night. Other than Jamie Barton in the small role of Fenena and John Relyea as... 4:55 PM
  • Fidelia: For info for those who left the chat before the production team came out for bows. There was the usual battle between boos and... 3:51 PM

Ô après-midi d’amour

Starting in just half an hour, a live broadcast of Faust from De Nederlandse Opera starring Michael Fabiano and Irina Lungu. Naturally, La Casa della Cieca will be open!

Sinking ship

Casting for The Sound of Music at Cape Cod Melody Tent Lyric Opera of Chicago is now complete: “Billy Zane, star of James Cameron’s blockbuster Titanic and Broadway’s  Chicago,  cast as Captain von Trapp.”

Opera pump

Happy birthday to baritone Zachary Gordin, cover boy for this year’s Barihunk Wall Calendar.

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The bald mezzo-soprano

She’s been a showgirl, a bubble dancer, a drag king, and of course a maimed statue.

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Regie, bangles and beads

Smartly done, cher diseur de bons mots: Monsieur Hoffmann rightly guessed last week’s puzzler to be Don Giovanni. The production by Doris Dörrie is currently playing the Staatsoper Hamburg. Elsewhere, the Regie never stops, as you will see after the jump.

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Jacques, strapping

Meet Jacques Snyman of South Africa, former rugby player, current fitness model and anti-bullying activist, and possible future opera star.

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The wild Juan

And now, ladies and gentlemen, Christopher Maltman (among others) in Kasper Holten‘s Juan.

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Tête de Bo

Those of you escaping the summer heat this afternoon may want to gather ’round for a performance of Don Giovanni (featuring recent convert to the shaved-noggin lifestyle Bo Skovhus) live from the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, beginning at 3:30 New York time.

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Buzzworthy

Mean, moody, magnificent Mariusz Kwiecien gets the Regie treatment (including a buzzcut!) for a new Don Giovanni in Munich.

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tales told

This just in from the Met’s press office: “In the Met’s new staging of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Joseph Calleja will sing the title role, replacing Rolando Villazón, and Alan Held will sing the roles of the four villains, replacing René Pape.” The press release goes on to explain that Villazón plans to undergo throat surgery and will return to the stage in 2010. Pape has decided not to add the four villains (Lindorf, Coppélius, Dappertutto, and Dr. Miracle) to his repertory.

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