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Out code

Joining the talking and singing heads of Aria Code is Our Own JJ, deconstructing “Mon coeur s’ouvre a ta voix.”  Read more »

Source code

WQXR, the Metropolitan Opera, and WNYC Studios introduce Aria Code, a new podcast “that pulls back the curtain on the most famous arias in opera history, hosted by Rhiannon Giddens.” The premiere episode focuses on La traviata with commentary by Diana Damrau, Cori Ellison and Dr Brooke Magnanti, forensic scientist and columnist, also known as former call girl blogger Belle de Jour.   Read more »

An evening in the Sewers

Mean, moody, magnificent Matt Baume (left) hosts a live version of his celebrated podcast The Sewers of Paris this afternoon beginning at 5:00 PM Eastern time. Our Own JJ (not pictures) jumps into the conversation circa 6:30 PM. You can watch and listen to the whole shebang after the jump. Read more »

Talking headspace

Our Own JJ (pictured) joins in the debate over the Düsseldorf Tannhäuser with Anne Midgette and John Berry.

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Two faces of Tosca

While we’re waiting for further news on the final Tosca of the Met season, La Cieca suggests we consider the diva and the non-diva, on the other side of the jump.

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pec dame

Let’s talk about chest: theories, recollections, examples, caveats… All about chest, in fact. To start the conversational ball rolling, here’s what some celebrated mid 20th century divas have to say about the subject of chest voice. [kml_flashembed movie=”” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] Chest nut Charlie Handelman has so much to say on “voce di petto” that he devoted two podcasts to the topic.. Your doyenne recently babbled: The big Verdi roles are written to include phrases that call for chest resonance. If Verdi had been writing for singers who didn’t have access to chest voice, he would have written the […]

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a fool among fools

“It’s been long enough, Ephraim.” JudyCast has decided to join the human race again!

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happy birthday charlie handelman

La Cieca wishes her dear, dear, dear friend many happy returns, and reminds her cher public that Charlie’s podcasts (gleaned from his vastissimo collection) are about the best opera you can find anywhere on the web.

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