Diana as Violetta in Zurich
Diana Damrau, Recital at Baden-Baden with Xavier de Maistre — Documentary “Diva Divina” (by emiclassics)
This has to be one of the most interesting threads I’ve read in a long time. Not to mention Susan Graham and Sarah Connolly, among others, joined into the discussion in the comments.
- Belmonte could not haul his hiny over to rescue Konstanze for a year. Pedrillo isn’t much better
- Do we even need talk about Don José or
- Canio would make good friends with Don José
- Tamino makes zero decisions on his own and doesn’t seem to care much about any promises he makes along the way (I’m still waiting for a good sequel to Magic Flute in which the Queen gets her revenge)
- Monostatos. Just because you think she’s pretty doesn’t mean you get to touch the girl
- Lindoro/Count Almaviva. We all know how that goes down
- On the same note, Eisenstein
- Duca di Mantova. He’s side by side with Scarpia when it comes to morals
- Comte Ory. Welp.
- Calaf is all sorts of what the hell were you thinking
- Dick Johnson isn’t exactly trustworthy, is he (and if you don’t think that’s the funniest name in opera, you’re wrong)
- Siegfried, get a brain
- Really, Ferrando. Really
- And a special mention goes to Roberto in Maria Stuarda because I was backstage during the HD and when Joyce was going back on stage after intermission I told her I was sorry but they were planning to kill her out there and she said ‘Not if the tenor works hard enough’ and WE ALL KNOW HE DIDN’T NOW DID HE
Ok, I am not trying to be elitist in any way possible, and bless this person for wanting to learn more about opera.
But…. “fish and fock.”
I think I may have found my catchphrase for 2013.
“Fish and fock.”
Sarah Connolly sings ‘Such is the price of love’ from Charpentier’s Medea. Looove the 1930s cabaret singer costume.
man: Yes, hello. Is this ___________?
me: (annoyed, thinking it is a solicitor) May I ask who is calling?
man: This is Paul. I am calling from Opera News. I’m calling to let you know that you have won the Opera News sweepstakes. You have two free tickets to attend the Opera News…
OMG THAT’S SO GREAT.
I’ve met Keenlyside twice and he’s one of the most down to Earth, adorable, honest people I have ever been honoured to meet! You go, girl! :D :D :D
UPDATE: Unfortunately, Diana had to cancel tonight’s performance due to illness.
I don’t normally get this angry about anything, but what in the actual fuck is wrong with Intermezzo? I’m going to refrain from any other comments at this time.
(Am I the only one that wants to punch every single one of the commenters? CAN’T YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DIANA AND ISABEL LEONARD?).
You guys have been amazing, so as a thank you of sorts, I will be doing a December holiday giveaway! The prize will be a DVD of “Enchanted Island,” starring Placido Domingo, Joyce DiDonato, Luca Pisaroni, Danielle DiNiese, etc.
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3. Up to the 3rd reblog, each reblog will be counted as an entry as long as they are not on the same day (so basically, you can enter up to 3 times).
Contest is from November 26th to December 15th. On December 15th, 11:59:59pm, I’ll close the contest and randomly pick a winner.
Looks like the Met’s costume department has done their best to make Elina Garanca unattractive. Nice try, but no cigar.
True. Frittoli always seems to get GORGEOUS costumes, though. So jealous.