Peter Gelb‘s motto for the week: “Those Swarovski crystals are going on with or without you.” Maria Guleghina sings the first Tosca of the season tomorrow night, jumping in for Andrea Gruber who is under the weather. A report from the dress rehearsal notes that “Gruber had nothing above about an A, Cura was rushing the conductor the entire time, and they both ended the opera by marking the 3rd act down an octave.” Gruber was wheezing and sneezing all over Margaret Juntwait last night during the broadcast intermission, too. She’s supposed to go on for the next performances November 1 and 4. Aprile Millo dons the tiara beginning on the 25th.
Oh, and if you’re wondering what the proper term is for the matched set of tiara, necklace, earrings and whatever other sparkly baubles the well-dressed Floria flaunts, it’s called a “garniture.”