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  • antikitschychick: Haha can you tell I was excited?? They sang back to back show-stopping arias for sure, even though they were technically... 9:36 PM
  • davidzalden: Thanks so much for the lovely thought — I have not had the opportunity to see this Guillaume Tell but I have heard from... 8:58 PM
  • Batty Masetto: Lowe-Porter is always a trudge. My students have regularly made more accurate and entertaining translations of Mann than... 8:52 PM
  • wenarto: Poor Anna, now the same rank as me httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=dgmM mywY2MY 8:43 PM
  • manou: Henry – sorry about the Times review. We agreed with La Cieca that I would not copy and paste whole reviews for copyright and... 8:40 PM
  • wenarto: OMG yes I agree 8:38 PM
  • Henry Holland: Many thanks for the link, manou, I had to read this twice to make sure I got it right: To include all the opera’s ballet... 8:30 PM
  • antikitschychick: Hey Luv :-) Yes there were some flaws, and those who prefer a more italianate rendition would have reason to be... 8:15 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 »