La Cieca hears that the dress rehearsal of Nabucco at the Met earlier today came to a halt when the statue of Baal burst into flames. La Cieca will leave it to the cher public to interpret this portent.
“Internationally renowned soprano Renée Fleming begins the New Year with a refreshing new album entitled ‘Distant Light’ – her first orchestral album in three years. It features an adventurous mix of music by Samuel Barber, Anders Hillborg and Björk…”
Lincoln Center’s Great Performers presents Diana Damrau on Saturday, December 10th, joined by Xavier de Maistre on harp, performing works by Debussy, Strauss, Fauré, and more. A regular at the Met Opera, Damrau has been called “a soprano of matchless intelligence” (Guardian).
“One of the greatest proponents of the German lied tradition” (New York Times), baritone Christian Gerhaher performs an all-Mahler program on Saturday, December 17th, featuring Gerold Huber on piano. The Telegraph calls him “the most moving singer in the world.”
Both performances are at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.
On this day in 1905 Richard Strauss‘s Salome premiered in Dresden.
Dmitri Hvorostovsky has withdrawn from his upcoming opera engagements, including this spring’s Met performances as the title character in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, due to illness.
On this day in 1949 the Jule Styne musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes opened on Broadway.
“We want to figure out how to create a nationwide change in how people think opera can be done. \“
Born on this day in 1879 composer Rudolf Friml.
I can think of no other role that provides the most unique promise of humiliation, and consequently the most opportunity for glory.