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Hooray for Holy Land

As the rumored return of I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata to the Met isn’t happening during the just-announced 2017-18 season, Trove Thursday presents as compensation Verdi’s French revision Jérusalem with Cecilia Gasdia, Veriano Luchetti and Silvano Carroli conducted by Donato RenzettiRead more »

Loin des remparts de Séville

Anticipating this Saturday afternoon’s Met broadcast, “Trove Thursday” presents as a preview a intriguingly unconventional all-star performance of Bizet’s Carmen from Covent Garden featuring Christa Ludwig, Jon Vickers, Ileana Cotrubas and Justino Diaz conducted by Jesus Lopez-CobosRead more »

She doth teach the torches to burn bright!

The marvelous Swedish mezzo Ann Hallenberg has rarely performed in the U.S. and never in New York, but her appearance next week in Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans at Carnegie Hall will finally change that. In the meantime, “Trove Thursday” presents Hallenberg and controversial Argentinian countertenor Franco Fagioli in the title roles of a true rarity: Giulietta e Romeo by Niccolò Antonio Zingarelli. Read more »

While you were sheeping

To mark Mozart’s 260th birthday tomorrow, “Trove Thursday” offers his infrequently performed bucolic opera Il Re Pastore with the sublime Arleen Augér as its heroine and Edith Mathis as her shepherd-lover.

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La bontà in trionfo

“Trove Thursday” offers a sparkling performance of Rossini’s La Cenerentola from our nation’s capital featuring the scintillating conducting of Claudio Abbado and Lucia Valentini-Terrani in the title role. 

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Nadir at zenith

Les Pêcheurs de Perles with an impressive Francophone cast headed by the superb Nadir of Alain Vanzo, one of my favorite tenors.

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Divine gladness

La Cieca thought it would be nice to revisit an Unnatural Acts of Opera podcast which included selections from the diva’s 1958 US recital tour.

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Something that’s grim, something that’s Greek

Leoncavallo’s Edipo Re.

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Singer from the dance

Unnatural Acts of Opera‘s podcast of Salome stars none other then Leonie Rysanek.

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She had the goods and how she could deliver

Legendary comet Elena Suliotis takes the title role in this 1968 performance of Catalani’s Loreley.

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