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Balance of tiara

Gather around, cher public (pictured), to discuss off-topic and general interest subjects in this weeks’ Intermission Feature.

306 comments

  • WindyCityOperaman says:

    Born on this day in 1774 composer Gaspare Spontini

    Born on this day in 1900 composer Aaron Copland

    Born on this day in 1914 librettist Eric Crozier

    Born on this day in 1918 mezzo-soprano Jean Madeira

    Born on this day in 1919 soprano Lisa Otto
    (Does anyone know if she is still alive? If so, she is 93 today!)

    Born on this day in 1926 soprano Leonie Rysanek

    Happy 65th birthday baritone Jake Gardner

  • Bianca Castafiore says:

    For the person asking about the Tucker gala, here’s a review that mentions some of the numbers performed. Too bad the program pic that was posted before was impossible to read:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/13/arts/music/richard-tucker-gala-and-award-at-lincoln-center.html

    I’m so curious about the duet with Borodina and Dima. I wish I had been there.

  • zinka says:

    HI all,

    I made a mistake in my reference to “individuality.”When I said, “See under Scotto,Tebaldi,etc,’ I meant that THEY are the ones who showed individuality compared to so many divas of today…LORD!!! They were SUPREME BEINGS to me..and others. My use of “see under” was meant as a direct CONTRAST..but I did sound rather strange.

    By the way,so many singers on old records seem to sound similar in a way..like Alda,Farrar,Gluck..but LIVE they must have been as distinguishable as Milanov,Scotto,Callas.

    Love CH

    P.S.Just a note to mention that dear Marisa Galvany’s wonderful husband, Geiorge Kornbluth, passed away at 94 last week. We go back a long time…..and as much as she loved singing…she loved George as an inspiration…Rest in Peace..He was a wonderful man.

  • WindyCityOperaman says:

    Born on this day in 1874 soprano Selma Kurz

    Happy 77th birthday condcutor Gabriele Ferro

    Happy 70th birthday conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim

  • marshiemarkII says:

    The Cosi fan Tutte at Juilliard last night was a stunning success for everyone, but the ladies were simply outstanding. Emalie Savoy was just sensational, everything was working for her, a magnificent clarion top, incredible chest, flexibility, floated tops, gorgeous phrasing, and the stunning Per Pieta simply brought the house down. The fabulous Wallis Giunta was as expected also sensational, what a beautiful rich and homogeneous voice, and both girls just marvelous actresses and perfect with each other. A stunning pair!!!!. The Despina, Naomi O’Connell, was also a magnificent standout, a great voice, extremely well produced and rich, and a fantastic actress, the most organic actress with the music, a fabulous discovery as I had never heard of her, she is a Juilliard student, not related to the Lindemann, but what a discovery! Of the men, Evan Hughes was spectacular as the cynical Don Alfonso, a fabulous booming voice, and what a clever and sophisticated actor, a major talent that will certainly go very far. The production very beautiful though a tad cluttered in the big seduction scene, but with some arresting images of fickle and confused love.

    Any Mozart lover should run to see this gorgeous production, in a theater that must be the ideal size for this treasure of an opera. The more I listen to it the more I hear where Beethoven got the inspiration for the greatest Fidelio, and at the moment think that Cosi is definitely the greatest of the Da Ponte trio, certainly the most sublime music!!!!!

  • MontyNostry says:

    Seen on Twitter

    In Tune BBC Radio 3?@BBCInTune

    Superstar mezzo Cecilia Bartoli is on IT tomorrow – tweet
    any questions you’d like us to ask her.

    How about: Is that bald pate your own?

  • zinka says:

    La Cieca’s Italian diction coach!!!!!!

  • zinka says:

    Celebrating Lawrence Tibbett’s birthday(Nov.16, 1896) with what I deem as the greatest Met broadcast ever….Listen to the declamations…and what a cast (On my third birthday)…The man was a superman!!!!

  • WindyCityOperaman says:

    Born on this day in 1895 composer Paul Hindemith

    Born on this day in 1896 baritone Lawrence Tibbett

    Happy 82nd birthday soprano Maralin Niska

    Happy 58th birthday conductor Donald Runnicles

  • Follow the links to my review of last night’s opening night of La Clemenza di Tito at the Metropolitan Opera. For once, an opera about political assassination with a production that makes some kind of sense. On both Superconductor and The Classical Review.

    • kashania says:

      Odd that you’d call the tessitura of Tito and Vitellia high-lying when I think it’s the exact opposite. Vitellia is almost a mezzo role except for the number of high notes she has to hit. But the overall tessitura is quite low which is why it is so difficult to cast. And I consider Tito to be in the same mold as Idomeneo in terms of tessitura.