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  • Krunoslav: Favorite Kundry on records? Martha Moedl. I also greatly liked four that I have seen onstage: Christa Ludwig, Tatiana... 11:42 PM
  • Krunoslav: My first Met PARSIFAL in 1977 had practically no applause after Act One, and as a “knowingR 17; student I thought... 11:37 PM
  • PCally: Out of curiosity, who is your favorite Kundry? 11:08 PM
  • Don_Dano: Does anyone have problems with the Metropolitan Opera being able to process corporate matching gifts. Each year, I make a... 7:58 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: There is absolutely NO official rule at Bayreuth about not applauding at the end of Act I of... 7:41 PM
  • brackweaver: This is the clearest summary of the plot I’ve encountered. Too bad it is such a mess. Mascagni’s operas have so... 7:36 PM
  • Jack Jikes: Bi “Yes!’ to La Cieca ond Ivy. Standing at Messiah? Precious. 7:10 PM
  • Operngasse: Dear JML, Many thanks for posting this. I was lucky to have heard Astrid Varnay near the end of her career in Elektra and she... 6:44 PM

Festive days

VarnayThere 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 »

When the sun comes out

Iris 1Every 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 BotsteinRead more »


HarrisHappy 81st birthday actress Barbara HarrisRead more »


Chat: Les Indes galantes

The cher public are invited to enjoy this afternoon’s live webcast of Les Indes galantes from the Bayerische Staatsoper.

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There are worse things than being called cute

Happy 48th birthday singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth.

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Old west side story

While composed within a European style, La Fanciulla del West is an opera that manages to present a distinctly American experience.

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A dusty venetian blind

Born on this day in 1913 actress Coral Browne.

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The modern rule is that every woman should be her own chaperone

Born on this day in 1908 etiquette maven Amy Vanderbilt.

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Gong show

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’.”

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Anna Hedy

You stepped out of a dream

“36.000 Swarovski-Steine werden dort aufgebracht.”

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