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Something in the hair tonight

FALSE ALARM: La Cieca had just been updated by her source, who says Kristian Benedikt was called to “walk the stage” of the Met’s Samson just before curtain time, but Roberto Alagna did go on tonight. (We’ll hear a little later this evening how things went!)

Smoky eye witness news

San Francisco announced just now that Evelyn Herlitzius has canceled her performances this summer of Brünnhilde in Der Ring des Nibelungen, to be replaced by Grace Slick Iréne Theorin. (More strikingly styled photos of La Theorin may be found on her website.)  Read more »

Belt register

“Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais has withdrawn from the role of Elsa in The Royal Opera’s forthcoming new production of Lohengrin, to ensure her full recovery from a routine abdominal medical procedure.” So says the ROH’s press office. Read more »

Manca la diva

With Sonya Yoncheva canceling the Philadelphia Orchestra’s performances of Tosca, who do you, the cher public, think will take her place?

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Two steppes forward, one steppe back

“Et d’ailleurs, les costumes me font ressembler à un côté d’une maison.”

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Misses Lovett

Deborah Voigt has canceled her role debut as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd at Florida Grand Opera.

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Ah, cruel! La bronchite s’accompagne d’une toux profonde!

“Madame Anna Netrebko, souffrant d’une bronchite aiguë, ne sera pas en mesure d’assurer le rôle de Leonora pour la représentation du spectacle Il Trovatore ce jeudi 11 février.

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E il ciel non ha più fulmini?

“Els tenors José Cura i Carl Tanner cantaran el rol d’Otello en l’òpera de Verdi en substitució d’Aleksandrs Antonenko…”

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