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Serial duchess

“Kathleen Turner will join the cast of Donizetti’s comedy La Fille du Régiment at the Metropolitan Opera February 7–March 2, in the non-singing role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp,” the Met press office informs us. “She will perform alongside Pretty Yende in the role of Marie, and Javier Camarena as Tonio. Stephanie Blythe will play the Marquise of Berkenfield.”

Mortal raises veil from before goddess’s face

How to describe Anna Netrebko’s performance in Aida without slipping into hyperbole? Impossible, but I’ll try.  Read more »

Aretha Franklin 1942 – 2018

The Queen of Soul died this morning. She was 76.  Read more »

Something lies beyond the Scene

The summer of 2018 will be memorable for several reasons, but two of the ones near the top of the list are my finally watching Downton Abbey and my discovery of William Walton and Edith Sitwell’s Façade: An Entertainment (through Chris Corwin’s indispensable Trove Thursday podcast). That I only just now came upon the both of these devilish and delightful pieces will certainly surprise those who know me well.  Read more »

Chenez turn

Dapper countertenor Ray Chenez is temporarily putting aside the turbans of his operatic career for, well, the turbans of a Broadway diva as he appeals via Indiegogo for funding to record a CD of show tunes.

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The queen’s speech

Legendary diva and long-time friend of parterre box Aprile Millo offers a gracious and witty speech in acceptance of the Verdi d’Oro Prize in Busseto.

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I’m every diva, it’s all in me

La Cieca, fashion arbiter though she may be, cannot figure out what is going on with this day-to-evening (and then some) look Sonya Yoncheva is flaunting.

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d’Arc victory

Tonight’s program at the New York Philharmonic, Arthur Honegger’s massive oratorio dramatique Jeanne d’Arc au Bûcher, has been an occasional visitor to the orchestra’s repertoire starting with the performance conducted by Charles Munch in January of 1948.

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