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  • Bill: Buster – My guess it is the Barber of Seville. Later in her career Pons was singing only a... 3:19 PM
  • Buster: Thanks, both, will look him up. How could Miss Pons possibly sing, wasp-waisted like that? 3:10 PM
  • Tamino: Glad to hear that the Lowell House Queen of Spades is so good. They have done some wonderful... 2:54 PM
  • ipomoea: Re: Lowell House Queen of Spades Has anyone heard the second cast? Tenor is Mikhail Urusov. On YT:... 2:32 PM
  • Bill: Buster – Conley was a lyric tenor singing at the Met in the early 1950s (perhaps before) in Don... 2:17 PM
  • armerjacquino: Rather lovely tenor. Most famous as the first recorded Tom Rakewell. 2:14 PM
  • Buster: http://tinyurl.com /qdmkrse 2:14 PM
  • Buster: Eugene Conley, apparently. Never heard of him: 2:11 PM
  • marshiemarkII: Wow Kashie, thanks for finding this!!!!!!!!!!! she is so GLORIOUS!!!! the tone is so noble and... 2:09 PM
  • kashania: Marshie: Well, this “Es gibt ein Reich” is definitely good. It’s probably the... 2:01 PM

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 »

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 »

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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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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