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The sorrowful précis

Brian Kellow‘s “Coda” piece in the current Opera News, summarized:

“I’m so cranky that even namedropping has lost its thrill.”

(Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

187 comments

  • 21
    danpatter says:

    Marta Eggerth turned 100 years old today! Congratulations!

    • 21.1
      danpatter says:

      Oops, I meant to start that one about a minute and a half into, when Marta starts singing.

      But for something really, really ODD, try this, which is listed as “Casta Diva.”

    • 21.2
      turandotti says:

      Richard tucker foundation free concert Tonight april 18 630 pm park avenue at 84.th street saint ignatius loyol

      a churchurch. Career grant winners Including amber wagner jamie barton rochelle sorenson and others:”

  • 22
    Arianna a Nasso says:

    “a soprano, now in her 50s, known for her voluptuous bosoms…”

    Dessi?

  • 23
    Quanto Painy Fakor says:

    I have a complete collecion of Opera News from the first issue until the death of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle -- afterwhich I have not read or purchased a single issue of it and have no interest how the magazine is now published.

  • 24
    Troppo Primavera says:

    Nice to see that the artistry of the lovely Ruth Ann is being celebrated on this site.Her Semele,Adina,Antonia in Paris and Giulietta,also in Paris were all superb.She had-I don’t know about now-a phenomenal technique,and a deep musicality.Ok her Violetta was not an easy fit for her,but at least she could sing it,unlike Popsy and Dessay.Actually I always find Dessays intensity and concentration very compelling,but she seems to have serious vocal problems.RAS’ Cleopatra was also brilliant and a great achievement when you consider her health problems.So courageous.Incidentally,someone posted a snide comment about her husband.Pleeeeze!What has that got to do with her immense talent and pleasure she has given many,including some knowledgable posters on this site.

  • 25
    decotodd says:

    I absolutely adored THE ARTIST (my favorite film of last year) but did find the VERTIGO theme took me out of the movie for a moment. I turned to my companion --“Isn’t this from VERTIGO?” written over 30 years after the period depicted in THE ARTIST. Was a litle jarrring.

    However, if you enjoyed THE ARTIST, Jean Dujardin or Connery-era Bond films in general, you must rent OSS 117: LOST IN RIO, also written and directed by Michel Hanavicius, clearly a movie buff. It is a hilarious and era perfect spoof of the 60s Bonds, with Dujardin an ideal blend of suave secret agent and inept blunderer. Hanavicius tosses in a great climactic homage to NORTH BY NORTHWEST, which takes place on the arms of the Rio Christ statue! In French w/ subtitles

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    efrayer says:

    For your reading pleasure: Met Episodes: The Queen and I. From an opera blue blood in the know. I’m sure many of you can relate.

    http://schleppynabuccos.blogspot.com/2012/04/met-episodes-queen-and-i.html

    • 27.1
      OpinionatedNeophyte says:

      Did the author pen this little emotional tryst after reading Times Square Red, Times Square Blue? When I see Sam Delany tomorrow I’ll tell him how his stories are reciculating amongst opera queens.

      • 27.1.1
        Rory Williams says:

        Oh, wow, was that a lift? LOL if so. But the good news is you inspired me to order TS Red, TS Blue, which as a card-carrying member of the ignoranti I had never hear of. Looking forward to reading it. Catching up is hard to do!