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  • phoenix: magician, Camille? more of an undertaker, I think. Andrea Chenier, my favorite verismo, defines the... 7:19 PM
  • Camille: Too bad THAT wasn’t recorded for posterity with an all camera angled ipclose HD!!!! Endlessly... 7:04 PM
  • Camille: N.B.—important, please—the Michael Powell mentioned above is one half of the famous Powell/Pressbu... 6:52 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Oh my dear – If only you had seen “The Makropoulos Affair”... 6:36 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Bill – I actually have a DVD of “Ariadne auf Naxos” from... 6:27 PM
  • Camille: Did anyone on earth attend Ildar’s recital debut in CH? Boy, talk about an ill-starred event.... 6:23 PM
  • NPW-Paris: Paris brought out a beautiful Fura dels Baus production in 2007, at Garnier, in which... 6:14 PM
  • calaf47: Kaufmann was sensational as Chenier today in the broadcast. 6:14 PM
  • Baltsamic Vinaigrette: httpv://m.youtube. com/watch?v=8o8SZn g55T0 Happy Birthday, Mario Lanza (1921) –... 6:13 PM
  • Camille: Oh my goodness, Jungferissima!!! I had not really known that the absolute prima at the MET was that... 5:37 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 »