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    Yes, he's a fantastic artist. You can see more of his artwork on his website here. They actually remind me a little of Sergio Aragones' stuff.

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    Another little item from a German magazine: Rolando Villazon appeared on Carmen Nebel's talk shown on ZDF (one of Germany's major TV networks), and completely charmed viewers -- especially when he drew an impromptu sketch of a couple in the audience. They were delighted, and now have quite a collector's item.

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    Check out this video interview of last year's cast of Don Giovanni.



    Check out 3:55!
    Ildar video bombs Luca!

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    A charming interview with der Jonas and René Pape (I was kind of surprised by Pape, given his reputation for grumpiness):

    http://www.jkaufmann.info/interview_...012gbopera.htm

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    Today I dreamed I was in some random recital and for encore, out of nowhere, Joyce DiDonato appeared and started singing Papa Don't Preach.
    The audience went pretty wild.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    Today I dreamed I was in some random recital and for encore, out of nowhere, Joyce DiDonato appeared and started singing Papa Don't Preach.
    The audience went pretty wild.
    Welcome to The People Who Had Weird Dreams With JDD club. It seems suspicious, perhaps she has some mystical powers to haunt people in their sleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    Today I dreamed I was in some random recital and for encore, out of nowhere, Joyce DiDonato appeared and started singing Papa Don't Preach.
    The audience went pretty wild.
    That does seem like something she would do.

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    I dreamt about Riccardo Muti the other day.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I dreamt about Riccardo Muti the other day.
    Change your lifestyle. Sleeping during day time is unhealthy.

    Always caring,
    Anne

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I dreamt about Riccardo Muti the other day.
    I notice you did not go into detail.

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    Weighty issues. I still think a beautiful voice will take precedence over a not-so-beautiful face.
    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    I'm glad for the sake of Mr. Fabiano's health that he was able to lose all of that excess weight. I agree that the quality of the voice should be what counts, though it doesn't hurt for singers to cultivate some acting skills to go along with the gorgeous tone. On the other hand, if people are paying more attention to physical fitness and sensible eating habits for whatever reason, that's a positive development.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    I still think a beautiful voice will take precedence over a not-so-beautiful face.
    I also wish Mr. Kaufmann further success.

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    Is Gurnemanz from Parsifal really as boring as I have heard?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tardis View Post
    Is Gurnemanz from Parsifal really as boring as I have heard?
    Only in a boring performance. With a good singing actor in the role and a conductor of genius backing him up, the character's narratives (which in lesser hands can come off as school-marmish lectures) can be quite gripping. One of my favorites is Kurt Moll in the Karajan-led recording on Deutsche Grammophon, which also boasts the noble and lyrical Amfortas of Jose van Dam.

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    Just want to say something briefly about opera fans online.

    One of the reasons I really like this forum is because even though we may have different tastes or opinions on singers, we respect the singers.
    From everything I have read and learned, being an opera singer is very, very tough. It takes a tremendous amount of courage and determination to be able to perform and sing to a large audience. Opera is also a niche market and there are a lot of vocalists who work part-time just to make ends meet.

    Some of the other online opera websites have some of the most vicious comments about singers I have read and openly celebrate when they don't do as well. I think that's really unfair to the singers, who work very hard at their craft and who might have personal issues going on in the background. These critics are setting a very bad example for young impressionable opera fans when they berate opera singers or producers like that because young opera fans will start thinking it's the norm to complain relentlessly about particular singers.

    I am not saying that there shouldn't be criticism directed at a singer, but I am really taken aback sometimes at how extreme and opinionated some of the comments are. They are very unkind.

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