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  • zinka: Liked Francesca a lot…but Eva as Santuzza has a horrendous tremolo…Good lows,dramatic&#... 1:40 PM
  • redbear: On the news tonight in France, a concert by Juliette Greco (88 years young). 1:33 PM
  • moi: Actually Isokoski’s retirement from the operatic stage is linked to Ariadne. She was singing it... 1:30 PM
  • armerjacquino: Verrett said in her autobiography that it was supposed to be her. 1:29 PM
  • Arianna a Nasso: Regading the Solti Carmen, I had heard it was to be either Verrett (who premiered... 1:08 PM
  • Bill: Isokoski, even in middle age, end of last year had a very fluid Ariadne in Vienna (Thielemann... 12:33 PM
  • PCally: It took me so long to love her. When I first heard her I found the voice to be matronly and stodgy.... 12:32 PM
  • phoenix: Haven’t heard Mattila since she did Ariadne last year – around that time I also heard... 11:52 AM
  • PCally: I love her Elisabeth but her French is close to incomprehensible. I don’t mind that so much... 11:52 AM
  • armerjacquino: She’s sung in French before, most famously in the Bondy DON CARLOS. And the Marschallin... 11:46 AM

Keep watching the skies!

As you may have heard, cher public, Joseph Calleja canceled last night’s Lucia performance at the Met after the first act. So… well, see the headline above.

From a distance

Things coming in the future, cher public: Anna Netrebko sings Adriana, Maddalena and Turandot; Stefan Herheim directs Der Ring des Nibelungen.

Not pretty or safe or easy

La Cieca hears that the Théâtre du Châtelet will continue its series of Stephen Sondheim productions with Passion, set to star Natalie Dessay (as Fosca, bien sûr!) and Lambert Wilson, with Fanny Ardant directing. Said Sternstunde will reportedly transpire in March 2016.

Anna Poster Adriana

Scostatevi, profani!

Yet another new role for Anna Netrebko on the horizon: in a press conference yesterday in Mexico, the soprano announced she plans to sing Adriana Lecouvreur.

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Be my guest!

James Levine turns 72 this year. Even though his health has improved considerably in the past year and he may continue to conduct for a decade or more, it seems inevitable that he will step down as the Met’s Music Director sometime in the next few years to assume the role of Conductor Laureate.

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Trelinski

Love it to death

Mariusz Trelinski will direct Tristan und Isolde for Metropolitan Opera in a production that will premiere there on opening night 2016.

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Mattila

The opposite sextoness

The San Francisco Opera has just done the big reveal for 2015-2016 and here’s what we have in store.

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Battle of Broadway

Fall 2015 is the target date for an as yet untitled one-woman show based on the life of Kathleen Battle, scheduled to star Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

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Lohengrin

Seligsten Paar

Maestro Christian Thielemann has made his choice for Lohengrin casting in Dresden and, later, Bayreuth: “Anna Netrebko als Elsa und Piotr Beczala in der Titelpartie.”

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“It’s scary, but what can you do?”

“Ms. Netrebko, 43, spoke about her willingness to take risks…”

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