There has been a conspicuous absence of chat on Parterre about this year’s Bayreuther Festspiele, save for a few comments on the usual Skandals du jour (abruptly-departing conductor and soprano, to name two). So with today’s 140th anniversary of the first festival, let’s instead visit a kinder, gentler place: the past. Read more »
Every summer since 2003 Bard SummerScape has mounted one or more rarely done operas in the stunning Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center, and this year as part of its “Puccini and His World” festival audiences may witness the resurrection of Mascagni’s distinctly odd Iris, conducted as always by Bard president Leon Botstein. Read more »
The celebration of 50 years of the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center includes “The Illuminated Heart,” a theatrical fantasy of Mozart operas and ensembles featuring Christine Goerke, Ana María Martínez, Matthew Polenzani and Peter Mattei; plus staged concerts of Così fan tutte and Idomeneo. Tickets and more information are at MostlyMozart.org. Read more »
Happy 48th birthday singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth.
While composed within a European style, La Fanciulla del West is an opera that manages to present a distinctly American experience.
Born on this day in 1908 etiquette maven Amy Vanderbilt.
“Luciano Pavarotti‘s family says the late opera singer would not have approved of Donald Trump‘s use of his recording of Giacomo Puccini’s aria ‘Nessun Dorma’.”