Monday, November 24, 2008

Ins and outs

It looks like San Francisco Opera's ideal ensemble for La Boheme may have unravelled, with tenor Joseph Calleja's website announcing his cancellation from his dates there with Maija Kovalevska (a much preferable Mimi, from my experience, to Gheorghiu), and Nicola Luisotti not conducting two of those performances anyway. The company's website still lists Calleja, Kovalevska, and Luisotti together on November 29, but I'm not so optimistic.

On this coast, Massimo Giordano, whose recent run in Traviata was mixed at best, will replace Ramon Vargas for the end of Kovalevska's December-January run in Boheme here at the Met.

Of course, this downgrade in Mimi's love life might be quickly forgotten if the rumor Maury passed on about next month's Donna Elvira TBA turns out to be true. Internet rumors have been 0-for-the-season so far, but...

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Absolutely no axe-grinding, please.