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Magic bullet

For all you Carl Maria von Weber fans out there, here’s Günther Groissböck in, no, not L.A. Tool & Die, but rather Der Freischütz at La Scala.  Read more »

The piccolo on the hearth

Soprano and baritone as lovers are the operatic equivalent of a mixed marriage, and if you give them Dickensian names like Dot and John Peerybingle – well, just try to sing that in Italian, or apostrophize “Dot” with romantic yearning. The concluding consonant defies you. (A less courageous librettist would have transformed her into Dora or Dorothea, but not here.)   Read more »

“Art is domination”

The big news from the West End is that screen legend Emma Thompson is winning rave reviews for her performance as Maria Callas in Terrence McNally‘s Master Class, despite a production that has tactfully been called “eccentric.”

Eternal, feminine

For her first CD in six years, Angela Gheorghiu has chosen Italian repertoire.

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“Nature can make me cry faster than anything”

Born on this day in 1898 actress and singer Lotte Lenya.

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Annalepsis

James Levine has quietly been slotted into the spring reprise of the Met’s new Tosca.

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Broadcast: Turandot

Bass James Morris marks his 1,000th Met performance in tonight’s broadcast of Turandot.

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Hey, buds below

On this day in 1965 the Burton Lane-Alan Jay Lerner musical On a Clear Day You Can See Forever opened on Broadway.

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Phone rings, door chimes, in comes Sängerkrieg!

“Heinrich, come on over for dinner! / We’ll be so glad to see you!”

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Girlhood, interrupted

Erin Wall was an elegant, warm, and sensitive Arabella.

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