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Juan Diego Flórez in the title role of Rossini’s “Le Comte Ory.” Photo: Micaela Rossato/Metropolitan OperaAbove, the cutest press photo released today by the Met. (Juan Diego Flórez in the title role of Rossini’s “Le Comte Ory.” Photo: Micaela Rossato / Metropolitan Opera.) Following the jump: more preview images of the Met’s other six new productions of the 2010-2011 season.   Read more »

yes he quinoa

Member of the cher public ellerveira informs La Cieca:

Juan Diego Florez has given several very fascinating interviews to the Spanish media while in Madrid for his two recitals that will replace his canceled performance of Rigoletto. He explained in some detail why he stopped singing Rigoletto (tessitura too low for his voice and if he kept doing it he feared it might damage his ability to sing his accustomed roles). He always tries to rest for at least two days between performances, something recommended to him by Pavarotti (which would explain why he canceled one of his London performances).

He went on to talk about the economic crisis and opera. Some houses are cutting back, especially in Italy, and asking singers to take cuts in their fees or to sing, say, eight performances for the price of seven. He hasn’t had any of his engagements cancelled but he has accommodated some requests for lower fees. Opera houses will at times give some financial aid to singers when they are having difficulties and singers in return need to cooperate financially with opera houses. Read more »

put up your duke

This is why the YouTube was invented. Hell, this is why the universe was invented.

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i wake up screaming

[Our Own Gualtier Malde (along with a few thousand other people) attended the public dress rehearsal of the Met’s new production of La sonnambula this morning. Here is his report.]

Innocence, rustic naiveté and virginity just don’t get no respect no more. I should know, I grew up way out in central New Jersey and couldn’t get a date (a male one that is) at all in high school. I didn’t get no respect and sadly neither does Vincenzo Bellini and more importantly, Felice Romani these days, at least at the Metropolitan Opera.

These two men, one a poet in words, the other a poet in sound, deeply loved and respected the simple Tyrolean villagers in their opera semiseria La sonnambula a simple tale of love, marriage and misunderstanding. The creators of the current production of La sonnambula feel that the plot, characters, words and music are something that the audience must be distracted from lest their simplicity offend hipper-than-thou sensibilities.  Read more »

40 winks

A preview the new Decca recording of La sonnambula with Cecilia Bartoli and Juan Diego Flórez. Comments? Widgets

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tonight, tonight

UPDATE: A quick preview of tonight’s (this afternoon’s, actually) spectacular radio broadcast of I puritani from the Teatro Comunale di Bologna. First, a hint of some of the “new” musical ideas in this edition of Puritani. This is the final cabaletta of the opera, performed (as it was apparently originally intended) as a duet for tenor and soprano. “Senti, o mio bel angelo” And here a snippet on YouTube of a moment slightly earlier in the opera. (Mon ami Pedro tells me that the production is to be telecast and released on DVD, which would explain the onstage presence of […]

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three tenors

Premiere Opera Podcast has returned after a hiatus of several months, and, as always, Ed Rosen keeps us up to date with the latest tenor activities. Recent episodes include excerpts from a duo recital (Juan Diego Flòrez and Rolando Villazòn) and a Lucia scene from Stephen Costello.

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boy meets girl

Two superstars of the 21st century, Diana Damrau and Juan Diego Flórez, bring exciting new life to a classic of the 19th century, Verdi’s Rigoletto. This new production of the warhorse was heard Saturday night in Dresden. Regie is by Nikolaus Lehnhoff and musical direction is by Fabio Luisi. [kml_flashembed movie=”” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /]

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