Monday, August 12, 2013


There's so much opera news right now it is hard to keep up with it.

Montserrat Caballé is now persona non grata in Azerbaijan for visiting the Armenian separatist enclave.

Elīna Garanča is pregnant and has withdrawn from Werther at the Met.  Sophie Koch will replace her.

Anna Netrebko continues to be hounded for being personally acquainted with Vladimir Putin, as though knowing someone made you responsible for the entire government.  I remember the Austrians didn't like it that she campaigned for Putin because they expected her to act like an Austrian.  An Austrian does not campaign in Russia.  I prefer the idea of taking action against Putin for things Putin does.  Picket him.  Throw him out of things.  How about if every time we invaded someone, they threw our American singers out of their performances? 

For me music isn't about politics.  Alle Menschen werden Brueder.  That's our politics.

It was recently announced that Roberto Alagna is now with the Polish soprano Alexandra Kurzak and they are expecting a baby.

The great mezzo-soprano Regina Resnik has died.

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