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  • CwbyLA: well said La Cieca! As wonderful as Magda Olivera perhaps was in verismo, she was long retired from... 11:16 PM
  • La Cieca: Mafalda Favero sang exactly two performances at the Met in 1938. During that time the Mimis were... 10:12 PM
  • Sanford: The Billboard charts didn;t exist in 1925. 10:00 PM
  • LT: I’ve heard Favero’s Adriana on YT and no way today you would be raving about her if she sang... 9:09 PM
  • Poison Ivy: La mamma morta was good but this was not. I think it’s rather “pitchy̶ 1;:... 8:57 PM
  • zinka: YOU need to run the MET..La Cieca can be an usher….. you write (like James) so beautifullyR... 6:58 PM
  • zinka: Hi>>I am not saying that singers today cannot be superb..BUT who has the “Muzio... 6:56 PM
  • antikitschychick: Don’t know that she necessarily chose him…perhaps he was the most qualified to... 6:40 PM
  • antikitschychick: How wonderful to hear she was so nice and down to earth :-) thanks for sharing your lovely... 6:35 PM
  • antikitschychick: Ivy you’re probably right about the total devotion thing (as you’ve... 6:30 PM

Sticks and stones

Here’s a story in which practically nobody in authority comes off well. Daniel Harding conducts a concert at La Scala that includes a selection from Tristan und Isolde, about which the Corriere della Sera‘s venerable critic Paolo Isotta snipes “Harding’s conducting was so soft it made you think he wanted to back the unfounded theory that Wagner was homosexual.” So then La Scala’s GM Stéphane Lissner kicks Isotta off the press list for the company: he can still review Scala events but will have to pay for his own ticket. [The Telegraph]