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  • mjmacmtenor: Speaking of his upper extension – listen to the note at the end. httpv:// pRAY07k_GE 10:50 PM
  • SilvestriWoman: I’m seeing the same thing at Lyric Opera of Chicago – both in the balcony and the orchestra. In fact, much of... 10:40 PM
  • mrsjohnclaggart: Oh, Benedetta, I was THERE!!!! Cappuccilli was ALWAYS walking away with Eve Quaalude’s shows. You remember the La... 10:38 PM
  • mrsjohnclaggart: Porgy I must own to some annoyance you. You asked me about the Thielemann and Sinopoli Fanciualas last week and I wept... 10:11 PM
  • Amnerees: I last heard Bonisolli in a 1987 Covent Garden Turandot with Gwyneth Jones. He acquitted himself very well. The performance was... 9:59 PM
  • antikitschychick: This was awesome; thanks for sharing it Ed! Can’t believe there isn’t a full video of any of her Normas.... 9:28 PM
  • Benedetta Funghi-Trifolati: The first time I saw Bonisolli (early 1970s) he was Almaviva in BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA! His repertoire then was... 9:27 PM
  • williams: …not to mention whether to use head or chest. 8:21 PM

Oh my God, Opera, you look amazing!

Lady Jane Grey“A cover article this weekend about choosing the Top 10 classical composers misstates, at one point, the length of time that opera had existed as of 1750, when Bach died. As the article correctly conveys in other references, opera had been around for roughly 150 years then, not ‘a half-century’.” La Cieca is sure the article’s author, Anthony Tommasini, 162, regrets the error. [NYT]


  • oedipe says:

    In this age of globalisation and fast information circulation, knowledge about contemporary music doesn’t seem to travel very quickly. Here are the names of some pretty famous (living and working) European opera composers:
    Peter Eotvos
    Pascal Dusapin
    Wolfgang Rihm
    Michael Levinas

    • A. Poggia Turra says:

      I would add Poul Ruders -- The Handmaid’s Tale is an incredibly powerful work.

  • Bluessweet says:

    Mastodon Manure

  • Ruxton says:

    I have to admit I love the insanity of these “ten greatest” lists. How on earth Ludwig Von can make any such list with one solitary work is beyond me- and thanks Henry for pointing out that Korngold could make someone’s list (mine instead of Britten). Also most of Vivaldi’s stuff is not half bad…. I wonder what Harry would think?

  • Clita del Toro says:

    Ruxton: Because he is Beethoven and Fidelio is divine.

  • Clita del Toro says:

    My favorit composers are( not necessarily operatic) are:


    • Ruxton says:

      Thanks Clita. I’d talk longer but I’m in a hurry to catch a stunning Schumann opera :)

      • jfmurray3 says:

        Keeping the Schumann theme, when are we getting Genoveva?!?!?! I would actually prefer to see productions of Das Paradies und die Peri (with Diana Damrau as the Peri) or Scenes from Goethe’s Faust.

        Keeping the Faust theme, how about a staging of Mahler 8? I’ve been eager to see Pater Ecstaticus soaring up and down. When Julie Taymor perfects stage flight, she can head back uptown.


  • Clita del Toro says:

    Ruxton lol

  • tannengrin says:

    with regard to greatest living composers- has Rufus been mentioned yet? I mean, surely!

    • Belfagor says:

      When we do a list of great song composers -- sure -- there he can hold his own with Wolf and Poulenc.