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  • MontyNostry: Indeed. I was thinking about singers of the role at Covent Garden, but ENO have at least latched... 3:06 AM
  • Rackon: I’m SO happy to hear all the praise for Stephen Powell! I heard him in ’06 or ’07... 12:53 AM
  • coloraturafan: First time I heard Powell live, I was very impressed. It was a May Festival performance of... 12:08 AM
  • la vociaccia: And I’d like to add that in spite of her flaws, Meade is still a seriously major talent,... 11:00 PM
  • la vociaccia: I hear what you are saying, but it really isn’t her fault that those who sing better... 10:37 PM
  • La Valkyrietta: Thank you, that was fun. 10:34 PM
  • kennedet: I’m more concerned about the vibrato which seems to have fluctuated to a slower pace. It... 10:30 PM
  • guy pacifica: I’ve seen Meade live a couple times recently and she’s noticeably thinner that she... 10:26 PM
  • Krunoslav: Yes, Hippolyte, I agree– just an awful box-cutter of a sound; she made Victoria Vergara... 10:24 PM
  • la vociaccia: It’s sort of ridiculous when you consider how bad some of the recent baritones in Verdi... 10:19 PM

Scarred for life

“This, after all, is opera, opera in New York, not some dainty pastime like professional hockey, and the stage is crowded with grumbling members of the old guard who aren’t renewing subscriptions, disenchanted reviewers, vendors of vitriol on blogs like Parterre Box…” [New York Times]

Bloomberg onions

Clifton Webb, silly!The multi-slashed Manuela Hoelterhoff (Bloomberg editrix/spouse to disgruntled New York City Opera intendant manquée Francesca Zambello/grouch emeritus) dipped her goose quill in venom this morning once again to take on her favorite subject, i.e., how NYCO has gone to hell in a handbasket ever since they didn’t hire her girlfriend to run the place.  Read more »