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Money can’t buy me amor

andrea-with-muppetsThe chairman of the Presidential Inaugural Committee took to the cable waves this morning to reassure the American people that Andrea Bocelli did not, repeat not, turn down the President-elect’s offer to sing at the January 20 event. The President-elect then extended a gracious invitation for the Italian performer “to sing any time you like, Andrea, even if it’s only for me and the First Lady…  my wife, Morgan Fairchild.. yeah, that’s the ticket!” [Musical America]

Pazzo son, guardate!

Manon Lescaut was Giacomo Puccini’s first big international success. His publisher, Giulio Ricordi, tried to put him off the project by citing Jules Massenet’s very successful adaptation just nine years previously. Puccini was intent on making the story his own, insisting, “A woman like Manon can have more than one lover… I shall feel it like an Italian, with desperate passion.” Desperation is certainly the feeling this reviewer got from a new recording of Manon Lescaut from our friends at Decca Classics, but I’m also quite certain it’s not the same type that the Maestro had for his subject. Read more »

Multitasking

As if wowing a capacity crowd at his Met debut recital were not enough, protean performer Andrea Bocelli has branched out into an entirely new field as a wardrobe stylist. He’s pictured here with satisfied clients Angela Gheorghiu and Renée Fleming.