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  • Krunoslav: Also worth noting: that 1972-73 PIKOVAYA DAMA (“PIQUE DAME, predictably favored by Bing and Gutman, is the work’s... 9:28 PM
  • Krunoslav: In that revival Kabaivanska sang five shows, Teresa Kubiak one ( making a one-off Met debut before returning in the NP of... 9:03 PM
  • Bill: I believe I only saw Felicia Weathers a few times – a wonderful Butterfly in Vienna with di Stefano – then the same... 7:58 PM
  • JohninSeattle: “They have and will be better opera singers but never another Netrebko.” As Whoopie says in GHOSTS: Girl, you... 7:53 PM
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  • danpatter: I saw Nancy Shade’s last-minute professional debut in Louisville in 1967. She replaced an ailing Marisa Galvany in... 7:40 PM
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Annagnorsis

Our Own JJ (not pictured) debuts in the pages of the New York Observer with a look at the highlights of the fall season.  It’s all about the Annas, except for a solitary Nico.

Mavra, don’t ask!

And then she was all like, “Nuh-uh! Igor was so not gay,” and I was all like… [New York Times]

Zach talk

Longtime Friend of the Box Zachary Woolfe (pictured) sits down with Marc Scorca of Opera America for a “Conversation about Opera in America,” implausibly enough. The free event is tomorrow at noon at the National Opera Center, 330 Seventh Avenue.

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A series of ones and zeroes

“I’m analytical, not wild,” Ms. Garanca told an interviewer in 2009.

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Chiedi all’aura lusinghiera

La Rondine, which began as a light Viennese operetta before being transformed into an Italian tearjerker, is not a natural diva vehicle…

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Dead or Alive

Schrödinger’s cat fancy

“So is opera as vibrant as ever, or is it hanging on by a thread? How to write the history of an art form that hovers, Schrödinger’s catlike, simultaneously alive and dead?”

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Why, oh why?

“Alden Drops the Ballo: His Milquetoast Take on Verdi’s Classic Fizzles at the Met”

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The case of the missing Amelia

“In the space of a few words, the leading role in a major new production had been reassigned. But why?”

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Wer nicht mit dem Woolfe heult

Zachary Woolfe (not pictured) makes his way to Bayreuth to try to unravel the Evgeny Nikitin mystery.

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Closet drama

I have a confession to make about Britten’s opera Billy Budd: I don’t like it very much.”

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