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My new philosophy

The classical music world loves to note beginnings and endings, so “Trove Thursday” does its part in commemorating the 250th anniversary of Georg Philipp Telemann’s death this year with a rollicking performance of his delightful comic opera Der geduldige Sokrates featuring a fine cast and the magnificent Akademie für Alte Musik conducted by René JacobsRead more »

Action speaks louder than words

Born on this day in 1893 actress and playwright Mae WestRead more »

Vedrai, piccolo amor

Good news, Puccini fans! According to this photo, it looks like Anna Netrebko has changed her mind and will be singing Madama Butterfly after all!  Read more »

“The truer challenge, the deeper obligation, begins after the the camera stops”

Happy 89th birthday actress Ann Blyth.

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Peace with your cries of useless lament!

Born on this day in 1936 soprano Rita Shane.

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All they are saying is give peace a chance

Two of the greatest opera composers of the 20th century both happened to be gay and ardent pacifists.

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Nunzio di gioia è il bel sorriso

Happy 57th birthday soprano Cecilia Gasdia.

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Music in the air

Happy 69th birthday soprano Kathleen Battle

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Stranger off a train

Born on this day in 1888 actress Marion Lorne.

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Mimecraft

Our Own JJ (not pictured) muses on the difficulty of staging Mozart’s greatest opera in his latest piece for the New York Times.

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