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  • steveac10: That’s been the casting rule at the Met for decades – even pre-Ingpen. B-list... 11:08 PM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: GiordanI. 10:43 PM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: Giordano would be marvelous. 10:40 PM
  • messa di voce: Other singers available to jump in for Vargas, please. 10:08 PM
  • Grane: Well, no one can say she lacks joie de vivre like all the boring Americans. 9:44 PM
  • Krunoslav: You mean audiences have been enduring Papatanasiu’ s screeching while Mary Dunleavy sits... 9:27 PM
  • pirelli: Yes. And they’re going to bring Bocelli in to do Rodolfo instead. 8:54 PM
  • Baritenor: Fabiano just got pretty much rave reviews from his current run in San Francisco. Good news for you... 8:50 PM
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  • zinka: Angela to be replaced by Stratas 8:34 PM

Happy vernal equinox!

What better way to say, “welcome, first day of spring” than with Elena Cernei singing “Printemps qui commence?” Read more »

A hymn to heme

That 60 Minutes piece everyone’s been talking about, with Peter Gelb describing opera as “blood sport,” after the jump. Read more »

Mama’s talkin’ loud

Rêve divin! Heureux délire!Sleep soundly tonight, Kasper Holten: your Vêpres Siciliennes casting problem has just been solved! Read more »

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Oh, signor Johnson

La Cieca is going to go out on a not very long limb here and say that Dick Johnson in La fanciulla del West is a great role for Jonas Kaufmann and may well turn out to be one of his three or four greatest.

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Tucker everlasting

Those dear, dear people over The Greene Space at WQXR would like you, cher public, to join them this Friday for a concert saluting this year’s winner of the Richard Tucker Award, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard.

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there s a dance in the old dame yet

Karita Mattila (pictured) sings a little Verdi.

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A place behind the sun

How better to launch this week’s general interest discussion than with a video of Joyce DiDonato singing “Over the Rainbow” at the Last Night of the Proms?

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Who’ll stop the reign

La Cieca is most unhappy indeed to hear that coloraturafan, the undisputed monarch of opera on YouTube, has had his “fourth or fifth” account on the service deleted.

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She sang a mouthful

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

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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 feel a little, oh, I don’t know, familiar?

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