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  • PushedUpMezzo: More good stuff from Hamburg Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au bucher (concert version)... 4:45 AM
  • Cicciabella: I propose a tie with “If I Did It” by OJ Simpson. 3:37 AM
  • Cicciabella: Thank you, DeCaff, for this lovely review. The production looks fun and stylish and it’s... 3:32 AM
  • Cicciabella: Sorry, phoenix, I don’t have a comprehensive list of A-list houses at the ready, but, much... 2:53 AM
  • m. croche: Was there ever a biography with such a terrible title? There probably was. I’m sure... 2:02 AM
  • Poison Ivy: For Cinderella completists, my first ever “Cinderella& #8221; recording of anything... 12:15 AM
  • Camille: You know, Dame Maggie Teyte made such a beautiful recording of “Beau soir”. I do not... 11:57 PM
  • Camille: I most certainly DO love it! Just ask papopera, for he is our resident expert on the Dugazon,... 11:51 PM
  • Camille: Café-concerts, it should read. Someone will must certainly gratify themself by jumping my arse if I... 11:48 PM
  • Krunoslav: ‘soprano de sentiment’, “dugazonR 21; — gotta love it! 11:36 PM

She sang a mouthful

Soprano Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs sings the final scene from Salome in the Stefan Herheim production for Den Norske Opera. Read more »

Hommage fires burning

La Cieca (not pictured) asks, is it just me (it usually is), or does the new trailer for the Royal Opera’s 2013 Summer season look a little, oh, I don’t know, familiar? Read more »

Constellation

Here, for the first time in 40 years, the CBS telecast of the April 21-22 gala honoring the retirement of Sir Rudolf Bing. Read more »

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Dark side of the moon

Finally some video of Stefan Herheim‘s Salome production shows up on YouTube.

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odd-couple

What becomes two legends most?

On the final night of her farewell engagement at the Café Carlyle, cabaret legend Elaine Stritch took a few questions from the audience.

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Just a little touch of tsar quality

The gripping Calixto Bieito/Kent Nagano production of Boris Godunov from the Bayerische Staatsoper—with authoritative Alexander Tsymbalyuk in the title role…

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Requiem for a dream

Last night, La Cieca finally got around to watching that documentary about the rocky road to the new Ring at the Met, and she has a thought or two about this whole brouhaha.

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Lamento della Neely

All these years La Cieca has complained that nobody would write an operatic version of Valley of the Dolls, and what do you know?

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Tsymbalyuk

A tsar is born

Vot tsar’ vash!” Here is your Tsar, the 38-year-old Ukranian bass Alexander Tsymbalyuk.

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Ring them bells

The new Boris Godunov from the Bayerische Staatsoper (directed by Calixto Bieito and conducted by Kent Nagano) looks absolutely remarkable.

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