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  • aulus agerius: I am currently rereading The Count of Monte Cristo for a book group. It remains probably the best book I’ve ever... 12:06 PM
  • kashania: I’d never heard the Berganza recording. Beautiful, sensitive stuff, if a bit too precious on the climactic... 12:04 PM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: I was actually at this concert, having just started a contract in Brussels. How lovely to have the opportunity to hear... 12:02 PM
  • kashania: Her speaking voice may sound like she’s a Brit, but… I’ve always loved the hushed the delivery on... 11:54 AM
  • Camille: I walked after “Sogno talor” and il Consorte discovered her in her illicit Freudian dream state. By then, I was... 11:48 AM
  • phoenix: ‘No reason for the changes are given.’ Could Algana have wanted to keep it all in the family? – If I’m... 11:40 AM
  • Camille: No sir, I was scoping out the cutie during the first half. As is my custom, I WALKED. I walked up to the MET where I watched... 11:38 AM
  • Camille: There is a fun chapter from The Count of Monte Cristo involving the opera Parisina d’Este, situated at the Teatro... 11:30 AM

Ecco un artista!

Just discovered: a Swedish documentary about Birgit Nilsson, featuring footage of the diva at the Met getting ready to sing Tosca opposite Gianni Raimondi (replacing Franco Corelli who was apparently ill), giving a party for fans in her modest sublet, giggling, preparing for a recital tour, rehearsing Tristan und Isolde and generally doing interesting things.  (Narration is in Swedish, but in the New York sequences, Nilsson and others mostly speak English.)   Read more »

The little gunmetal dress

Sleeveless Anna Netrebko performs scenes from Verdi’s Macbeth. Read more »

Splitting hairs

Today on Operavore, Our Own JJ talks about wig-pulling catfights. Also heard (in passing) are Marilyn Horne and Susan Graham. Read more »

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Wigs and weaves

It’s easiest to write reviews when there are soaring triumphs and miserable failures.

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Valley of the doll song

Separated at the 14th Street wig store: drag queen Lady Bunny and Disney princess Diana Damrau.

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Una soave immagine me n’ho formato in petto

Here,  on what appears to have been a rather chilly evening,  are Michael Fabiano and his “mom” Renée Fleming in Die Walküre Lucrezia Borgia at the San Francisco Opera.

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Anna’s anthem

Awesome Anna Netrebko wraps her considerable talent around a the Europop hit “La Voix.”  Note the correct use of hair extensions (without those ridiculous “rocker chick” bangs) and the plain but striking red gown. 

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Elina Garatsnest

We may have a contender in the category of Most Overdone Camp Diva Crossover Hair Extension.

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Greetings from the Alcova Dorata!

What a concept, or La Cieca should say what a concept! This is Regie at its finest and most boldly satirical, genius that makes Graham Vick look like two-day-old steak frites. For this production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, the director (unnamed, alas in the YouTube clip below) utilizes the cinematic convention of the flash-forward in a postmodern epoch-bending variation. What if, this staging asks, Manon were to survive her various torments and travails? What would her life be like at, say, age 60? And what if, instead of hanging around mosquito-ridden Louisiana, she invested in a condo in Miami Beach […]

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Blonde date

Your feelings about the new Opus Arte DVD of Handel’s Acis and Galatea will have a lot to do with your tolerance for gentle whimsy. As a cultural consumer who tends to gravitate toward the more high-octane, Italianate drama of a Verdi overture or a Real Housewives of New Jersey hair-pull, I do my best to steer clear of pastoral operas about the lives and loves of those who tend sheep for a living, but an assignment is an assignment. 

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