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“Meine Lippen sie Kussen so heiß” January 5, 2008

Posted by Jeff in German, Netrebko and Villazón, Opera.

Literally, “My lips kiss with such fire”, from Giuditta, Franz Lehár’s last stage work, and his only successful opera after a career of hit operettas.

From September 8, 2007, Anna Netrebko sings on the fabled Last Night Of The Proms at Royal Albert Hall, accompanied by BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek.

While reading the article on opera soprano Anna Netrebko, wittily and informatively written by Charles McGrath (Dec. 2), I found myself grinning with glee, not only at her arguably divalicious talents and temperament, but her ingeniously wicked use of an alias when making dinner reservations. McGrath writes, “One that she likes, for some reason, is Beaverhausen.” But of course! Karen Walker (a character on the Will and Grace television comedy) enlisted her alter ego, Anastasia Beaverhausen, when she wished to go incognito or blame her impish antics on someone else. A clear homage of one diva to another. Not to mention Russian royalty (Anastasia). What’s a daredevil diva to do?

Beaverhausen, party of two — your table awaits.

— Todd Sinclair, New York Times letter to the editor, December 16, 2007

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