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  • Ilka Saro: “gets cast only rarely” is an accurate and scary term. When contracts are signed 5... 6:55 AM
  • Ilka Saro: First good laff of the day! 6:48 AM
  • Ilka Saro: JDF can always console himself by continuing to singing with incomparable brilliance, as he has... 6:46 AM
  • Ilka Saro: That’s some very fine singing, and a very comely appearance! 6:33 AM
  • Rudolf: And I thought that Milano “Traviata 221; with Damrau was weird. Geneva gives us Alfredo in a... 6:16 AM
  • williams: Vostra Maesta, Regina delle fate, Exactly! To my taste the Benelli/Camarena style is more pleasing.... 6:11 AM
  • oedipe: When a singer is not on the Met’s radar, or gets cast only rarely by the Met, people’s... 6:11 AM
  • oedipe: http://www.vittori ogrigolo.com/sites /vgrigolo/files/im agecache/highslide _full/vittorio_... 5:51 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: http://www.hamburg ballett.de/form/vo rschau_14_15.pdf Some interesting casting…... 5:02 AM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: I saw John Osborn sign Arnold in the 5,000 seat Royal Albert Hall very convincingly, so while... 4:48 AM

Tuesdays with Mary

Miss Garden smiled. “You probably have never seen a thin Violetta,” she exclaimed. “You’ll find that that will make a difference.”  Inaugurating a new feature on parterre, dedicated to the wit and wisdom of Mary Garden, as recorded by the journalists of her day.

Lady for one day

“But the part [Anna Netrebko] seems most excited about is Lady Macbeth in Verdi’s treatment of Shakespeare’s Scottish play. ‘It is coming, but not that soon,’ she said. ‘As a soprano who sings Lucia di Lammermoor, I have the high notes and the trills. No problems there. But going into the low registers is lots of work’.” [Wall Street Journal]

You, Midgette

top_ten__waynes_world_Adroit, awesome, autononomous Anne Midgette nominates her Top 10 Classical and Opera Releases of 2010 over at Soundcheck, and, La Cieca thinks to herself, why should Anne have all the fun? What are your favorite opera CDs and DVDs of the year, cher public? (Here are a few reviews to jog your memory.)

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Plain speaking

Martin Bernheimer, who was wise long before most of the rest of us were on solid food, writes what is likely to be remembered as the definitive essay on the Donald Rosenberg/Plain Dealer situation.

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Journalists ruin everything again

Linda Watson and John Treleaven have issued a joint not-apology, blaming “selective and biased representation of these interviews” for giving the impression that anything was less than stellar at the “fantastic history-making project” that is the LA Ring cycle. [Class Act via OperaChic]

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Gone in 60 Seconds

“Why can’t a general director with the fame, charm and ability of Domingo roll up his sleeves and work to realize his vision, rather than distancing himself from the results? The answer: because he isn’t actually there, running the company. He’s conducting Stiffelio, or singing Simone Boccanegra, or trying to keep up with his other company, the Los Angeles Opera (with equally dicey results) instead.”  

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