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    Sun, Moon, and Stars

    We’re in the dog days of summer over in the Western hemisphere. All things considered, it’s been a pretty good season, weather-wise. Though summer has never been my favorite of the four seasons (I’m much more of an autumn and winter girl if you must …

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    What Would Anna Netrebko Do?

    What would it take for you to stop listening to your favorite opera diva?  Could you ever ban your favorite composer from your iTunes library on the basis of his/her personal ideology? I’ve been thinking. Scott Rose’s recent editorial over at Norman Lebrecht’s infamous classical …

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    An Online Night at the Opera

    Attending an operatic performance can be quite an arduous task. Procuring tickets is often difficult (anyone who has attempted to purchase tickets to a particularly popular production will agree), not to mention costly. Opera fans may be forced to weigh productions–“which can I afford to …

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    Thou Shalt Covet Thy Neighbor’s Arias

    If you’re a singer, chances are you have a Secret List of arias you’d kill to sing. But if you’re anything like me, you also have a Not So Secret List of arias you’d kill to sing that happen to be in a fach or …

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    Hit Me with a.. High Note?

    “Am I afraid of high notes? Of course I am afraid. What sane man is not?” – Luciano Pavarotti Among casual listeners, opera aficionados, avocational vocalists, and professional singers alike, high notes are a constant topic of conversation. Take an impromptu survey about what actually …

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