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  • Krunoslav: If you’ll forgive my saying so, Tatiana Troyanos herself told me that she had replaced... 3:27 PM
  • Krunoslav: It was even more fun in Staten island, where Cossotto used the same megawatt semaaphore gestures... 3:25 PM
  • PCally: Isokoski retired from opera? I had no idea. I always thought she had the unfortunate combination of... 2:37 PM
  • 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

Coming out

Christian Thielemann’s spirited, precise conducting and the superb, sumptuous playing of the Staatskapelle Dresden are the finest features of this strongly cast performance of Strauss’s Arabella, given a new staging for the 2014 Salzburg Easter Festival and released here on DVD by Unitel Classica.  The production also celebrated Strauss’s 150th anniversary.

Arabella, the sixth and final collaboration of Richard Strauss and librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal, is frequently considered the stepchild of Strauss’ wildly popular Der Rosenkavalier, and indeed it contains many similar elements—Viennese setting, instantaneous passion, a specific courtship ritual.  Read more »

Natural born Miller

Cast changes (already) for San Francisco Opera: Ukrainian baritone Vitaliy Bilyy will sing Miller in Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Luisa Miller opening Friday, September 11, replacing Thomas Hampson, “who after careful consideration has decided not to add this particular Verdi role to his repertoire prompting his withdrawal from the season opening production.” But wait, there’s more. Read more »

A wasted time

Everyone who has ever lived in NYC has encountered a certain type of homeless drunk. This vagabond isn’t pissing his way through subway cars, but is well-put together and charming (or as well put together as one can be for a homeless guy). People spend a few minutes chatting with him, and most end up dropping him a couple bucks. “Get some coffee,” they say, even though they know he’s headed to the nearest deli for another cheap ’40 of malt liquor. And at least these sorts of guys are charming drunks and not tedious drunks. Read more »

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Take your Adderall, Wozzeck

“I think a lot of his hallucinations can be compared to ultra-sensitivities and hallucinations of extremely gifted people,” Mr. Hampson said.

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… and now the worse news

A couple of tweets from Thomas Hampson detailing some grisly-sounding future projects.

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Abs of a Soldier

La Cieca has obtained this photo of Thomas Hampson headlining Camouflage Night at Powerhouse, uh, rehearsing for Heart of a Soldier at the San Francisco Opera. You can tell the scene is Northern Rhodesia in 1962, because that is where the British military first started offering complimentary personal training packages to their troops.

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