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  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: ATTENTION GHEORGHIU FANS: her performance of two Verdi arias at the Grafenegg Festival tonight (29 August)... 2:08 PM
  • zinka: https://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=2vlD 3sK-O8o Are you as abnormal as I am to go NUTS at 3:15 on Magda’s “MUUUUUUU... 1:44 PM
  • DeepSouthSenior: I thought Goerke was excellent as Brünnhilde in Die Walkure at Houston Grand Opera this year. The vocal problems... 1:24 PM
  • manou: I am sorry La C – I did not realize you had uploaded the whole performance. But I am thrilled at the idea that you could be... 1:12 PM
  • armerjacquino: I’m sure Isolde is not far off too… https://twitter.co m/heldenmommy/stat us/621716511363887 105 12:26 PM
  • kashania: I think this is fair. The rep for which Goerke is now in demand is the relatively small dramatic soprano rep — Elektra,... 12:23 PM
  • armerjacquino: Yep. httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=otyX Re9kxw4 12:16 PM
  • La Cieca: That’s not the Muse, but please feel free to make judgments about the production before you have watched more than five... 12:07 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 »