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Marcello Giordani 1963-2019 Marcello Giordani 1963-2019

It is reported that the tenor died suddenly today of a heart attack in his home in Augusta, Sicily.

on October 05, 2019 at 11:58 AM
Jessye Norman 1945-2019 Jessye Norman 1945-2019

The Grammy winning opera and concert singer is dead. She was 74.

on September 30, 2019 at 5:43 PM
Martin Bernheimer 1936-2019 Martin Bernheimer 1936-2019

Critic Martin Bernheimer has died. He was 83.

on September 29, 2019 at 1:57 PM

OperaChic caught the story first, and now it’s even made the AP: Juan Diego Flórez has canceled Chicago (and anything else on the agenda for the next six weeks or so) due to a throat infection from a swallowed fishbone.

on January 31, 2008 at 5:47 PM

In related macabre news, (reportedly) gay tenor Sergej Larin died this weekend, and La Cieca has just heard an unconfirmed report that another gay tenor, Giuliano Ciannella, has also passed away.

on January 14, 2008 at 1:57 PM

In fact, she became Peggy Lee.

on January 04, 2008 at 12:28 PM

UPDATE: La Cieca has just heard that the “dark season” is not a done deal just yet. The NYCO board meets next week to make that decision. (Given how late in the game this is, most likely the “decision” will be no more than a formality. But La Cieca will keep her ear to the…

on December 06, 2007 at 4:30 PM

The Broadway baritone, star of Camelot, died yesterday at the age of 73. Goulet won a Tony Award for for the 1968 Kander and Ebb musical The Happy Time, and most recently appeared on Broadway as Georges in the 2004 revival of La Cage aux Folles. An obituary and appreciation of the performer can be…

on October 31, 2007 at 10:10 AM

How sad that Luciano Pavarotti‘s final role should be Buoso Donati!

on October 03, 2007 at 1:27 PM

Tribute to Pavarotti at Unnatural Acts of Opera

on September 06, 2007 at 6:49 AM

Story now on the Times website reports that last night Jerry Hadley shot himself in the head; the case is being investigated as an attempted suicide. According to a spokesperson for the State Police, Hadley is not expected to survive.

on July 11, 2007 at 2:47 PM

AP reports that Beverly Sills is “gravely ill with cancer.” Sills has always been very hands-on with her PR, so if she’s allowing this story to get out, I’m afraid she’s basically announcing that the end is very near. (If she’s not in control of the story, that’s not good news either: she’d have to…

on June 28, 2007 at 8:45 PM

DRAMA on the front page of today’s NYT Arts section! Ruth Ann Swenson comes out swinging at the Met for “snubbing” her in favor of younger and less zaftig artists. Her current run of Cleopatras in Giulio Cesare is her final contact with the Met*, apparently the end to a 20-season career there spanning over…

on April 05, 2007 at 10:42 AM

In yet another dazzling example of counter-intuitive programming, the New York City Opera has decided to exhume their quarter-century old ticky-tacky Hal Prince staging of that overexposed snoozefest Candide to replace their scuttled new production of Ragtime. (Gee, how long is it since we last heard Candide here in New York? It must be twenty…

on March 26, 2007 at 3:24 PM