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Sweatin’ to the cabalettas

Here’s a playlist of bel canto favorites suitable for motivating even the most couch potatoesque of parterrians to put in a hard session of weight training. Read more »

Mad, mad, mad, mad scenes

In anticipation of the Met’s revival this evening of I puritani, I thought it might be nice to take a look back at a few archival videos. In terms of commercial videos, there isn’t much out there, so once again I look to those great old pirated videos for inspiration. Read more »

Ballopalooza!

Ballopalooza!With the Met season soon to finish, I am sure the typical parterre reader (pictured) will want to unwind with a little after party/masked ball. And so Coloraturafan has unlocked his vault to share a selection of videos of Verdi’s Un ballo in mascheraRead more »

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Happy vernal equinox!

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

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A hymn to heme

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

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Rêve divin! Heureux délire!

Mama’s talkin’ loud

Sleep soundly tonight, Kasper Holten: your Vêpres Siciliennes casting problem has just been solved!

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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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