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  • Camille: …”and remarkably clear diction as Myrtle Wilson in that ill-fated Great Gatsby I have heard over the radio.”... 4:59 PM
  • Camille: Are they still in that tent like affair in Bruxelles? And how did they shoot the bodies downstairs? The primary thing of interest... 4:54 PM
  • Camille: here – let’s see if this works: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=-p8Q XY1FK30 4:51 PM
  • NPW-Paris: I saw Sweeney Todd in Brussels last Sunday and think I might, for once, give writing it up a miss. 4:45 PM
  • moi: Hunt Lieberson has been such a crucial artist for me, specially that Theodora… For me an unknown singer, in ,for me, an unknown... 4:44 PM
  • NPW-Paris: ‘Owing to a differing approach in various matters, the atmosphere at this year’s Bayreuth Festival did not develop in a... 4:41 PM
  • Camille: Yes, well, I DO have good intention, as witnessed by a remark I made a year or more in the Archives: my good advice to La... 4:41 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Tonight’s “Manon Lescaut” with Netrebko and Giordani from Wiener Staatsoper has been posted at Mixcloud:... 4:39 PM

Breaking dawn

When Giuseppe Filianoti isn’t busy being one of the world’s more versatile tenors (as he will be next season at the Met, headlining La rondine and La clemenza di Tito), he plays detective. The latest target of his crafty Calabrian grey cells is the score to Francesco Cilèa’s L’Arlesiana, which he will perform in concert next week at Theater Freiburg, and in typically tenorial fashion, his discovery involves a “lost” aria for his character of Federico. Read more »

Cross purposes

fedora_amazonIt was while attending a performance of Fédora in Naples in 1885 that eighteen year-old Umberto Giordano fell in love with Sardou’s then immensely popular play; the protagonist was none other than Sarah Bernhardt, the creator of the title role.

He immediately asked the French dramatist to sell him the rights, a request Sardou did not even take into consideration.  After the composer scored modest successes with Marina, Mala vita and Regina Diaz, Sardou seemed almost persuaded to relent, although the publisher Sonzogno considered the author’s financial demands too excessive.  Only after the triumph of Andrea Chénier did Sardou and Sonzogno come to an agreement, and Giordano was finally able to devote himself to his long-awaited project. Read more »

Is Renée Renata reborn?

Following the jump, snippets of all the tracks on the new “Verismo” album, as performed by America’s Soprano.  Read more »