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  • WindyCityOperaman: If it wasn’t for the Sullivan show, a lot of short-lived musicals would have never... 10:32 AM
  • la vociaccia: I don’t know what’s more depressing; the fact that you don’t realize how... 10:30 AM
  • messa di voce: “Pia Zadora screwing up the choreography” ; As opposed to screwing the producer? 9:49 AM
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The Rusticana at the end of the universe

UPDATED: Jonas Kaufmann in a wifebeater is but one of the attractions of the Salzburg Easter Festival production of the double bill of Cavalleria rusticana, and Pagliacci, telecasts of which you can peruse after the jump. Read more »

Tre sbirri… una guyliner

Two questions answered in a single YouTube video:

1) What is that guy who staged Spinal Tap’s “Stonehenge” doing these days? (Answer: He’s directing operas)

2) What would it look like if Jared Leto sang Puccini? (Answer: See below)

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Your Coloraturafan dollars at work

The first two webisodes of Coloraturafan‘s interview series are now live. Read more »

Mad Scenes

U mad?

For all those Mad Scene lovers out there, here is a video of some great Mad Scenes in opera.

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Anna Trovatore

Rule number 11

Cher public, you may remember that about 18 years ago a parterre writer called Dr. Repertoire came up with a handy list of rules for stage directors.

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The little gunmetal dress

Sleeveless Anna Netrebko sings the “Letter Scene” from Verdi’s Macbeth.

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Tall in the saddle

I put together a video just for a bit of fun today, looking at the standard “warhorse” operas that opera companies tend to throw at us year after year, and offering some alternative operas that could be offered in their place.

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The dark is light enough

Our Own Coloraturafan salutes the summer festival season with a compilation of Ladies Macbeth singing “La luce langue.”

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Bess in show

On the occasion of Sondra Radvanovsky‘s role debut in Roberto Devereux, I thought this would ba a good opportunity to put put together a compilation of some of my favorite artists singing the fiendishly difficult final scene of this opera.

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Erwartung at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

La Cieca wishes the divine Jessye Norman the very best of luck with her newly-released autobiography Stand Up Straight and Sing, because—not to put too fine a point on it—it doesn’t look like the diva is going to make much of a go of her second career as a saloon singer.

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