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  • Satisfied: “I’m shocked Jonas is canceling!” – said absolutely no one ever. 5:28 PM
  • kennedet: This is a perfect example of the wobble if anyone is confused. “Do not try this at... 5:08 PM
  • Constantine A. Papas: JK’s, at times, affected, exaggerated, and pretentious sound is part of stardom:... 5:00 PM
  • aulus agerius: “The acting had a lot to it, appearing well thought out, not just stand-and-sing. But it... 4:55 PM
  • Krunoslav: Margaret Price was a great Mozartean and a wonderful Desdemona, Elisabetta di Valois and Amelia... 4:54 PM
  • EarlyRomantic: The Photoshop job deserves singular praise. It’s brilliant and so comical I can’t... 4:43 PM
  • moi: In the french Opera Magazine, many moons ago… Pavarotti remembered singing Radames with the two... 4:37 PM
  • eric: I agree with thirdlady regarding the voice. He was OK. Competent. But I don’t especially like the... 3:45 PM
  • Milady DeWinter: Thanks Kruno – as always, Doria surprises. And in good Italian to boot. Not the top... 3:35 PM
  • luvtennis: To which Maggie replied – “so there’s ice cream?” 3:05 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 »