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  • Jamie01: My favorite part is that they invited her to sing at Game 6, but she was scheduled to give a master... 7:47 AM
  • Cicciabella: Basso, have you ever attended a live DiDonato concert? And did she sing consistently off pitch?... 7:02 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: She could still sing die alte Gräfin in Pique Dame. 6:35 AM
  • Krunoslav: https://www.flickr .com/photos/x-ray_ delta_one/52873476 84/lightbox/ Mitzi Gaynor is not just one... 6:28 AM
  • Porgy Amor: “Guleghina should retire. – Abigaille” 6:17 AM
  • MontyNostry: I think the mic exaggerates the vibrato (the amplification doesn’t seem to be too... 4:56 AM
  • MontyNostry: I bought Kasarova’s first operatic recital album back in 1995, since Alan Blyth had raved... 4:52 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Well funny because two friends of mine who went ot the Arabella in Salzburg said they... 4:22 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Rudolf you have one word too much in your sentence. It should read: Guleghina should retire. 4:17 AM
  • Rudolf: I think it has been said … often … one best retires when the fans exclaim “So... 3:35 AM

Mein Ross! Sei mir gegrüsst!

Götterdämmerung, the final installment of Lepage’s Ring, arrived in January, rounding out what must be considered a historic achievement. Pound for pound, ton for ton, it is the most witless and wasteful production in modern operatic history….  It’s an embarrassment that this catastrophically vapid spectacle is what New York has to offer to the world on the occasion of the Wagner bicentennial, which arrives next year.”  [The New Yorker]

Those whom the goddesses would destroy

poplavskaya_thumbControversial diva Marina Poplavskaya is the subject of a profile in the current New Yorker that does not include any bloodhounds snappin’ at her rear end, but that’s about the only life experience omitted. Highlights include the soprano’s lugging a trolley full of luggage across 14 lanes of Buenos Aires traffic following a dispute with a hotel manager, marking up in a dozen different colors the orchestra score of the Verdi Requiem, and the bit where she runs out the stage door in full evening dress, hops on a motorcycle, and zips off to the airport. Believe me, this is worth subscribing!

L’argent fait stealth attacks

koch_state_theaterCongratuations to David H. Koch for a lavish profile in The New Yorker celebrating his social success with Kennedys and Trumps and especially his munificence with artistic and cultural organizations including the New York City Opera!  And further kudos to The New Yorker for noting high up in the article that the publicity-shy philanthropist is “best known as part of a family that has repeatedly funded stealth attacks on the federal government, and on the Obama Administration in particular.” [The New Yorker]