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  • Buster: I agree – all of Toscanini’s Salzburg recordings are wonderful: Fidelio 1st act, Falstaff, and Zauberflöte too. I... 3:04 PM
  • messa di voce: If you can put up with bad sound, try the Salzburg Meistersinger – the most genial, lyrical account of the score you... 2:31 PM
  • m. croche: Cut demonic reindeer in half with magic scissors. http://www.youtube .com/watch?v=lpt3U Mtahow 2:19 PM
  • Camille: Latest Lohengrin— httpv://youtube.co m/watch?v=gcSq3R6P zOg Perhaps it is ould be more impressive in the theatre? Jungfer... 2:16 PM
  • armerjacquino: Although we don’t know exactly what was said… https://books.goog le.co.uk/books?id= UpIusDtpbVsC&am... 1:57 PM
  • quibbleglib: I’ve never understood the fuss about Toscanini. I’ve always found his operatic conducting to be rushed and... 1:36 PM
  • NPW-Paris: But during Tosca at the Met the audience seemed to find Tosca stabbling Scarpia an absolute scream. 1:33 PM
  • Ilka Saro: It’s also interesting to consider that Wagner himself was a pioneer in demanding that the house lights be lowered during... 1:19 PM

Winged victory

“A wayward bouquet conked Kristine Opolais on her noggin during the ovation Friday night in La Rondine—but that was the only mishap in the Latvian soprano’s spectacular Met debut. Her coolly glamorous voice rose to the many challenges of the role of Magda, a Parisian courtesan who tries to live out a fantasy of finding true love in Puccini’s 1917 opera.” [New York Post]

42 comments

  • kashania says:

    Glad to hear of her success. She is a terrific Elvira in Tcherniakov’s Don Giovanni.

    • Ruxxy says:

      Wish I could agree dear Kashania but her constant clipping of the notes is really irritating -- spoiling an otherwise fine performance.

    • Clita del Toro says:

      Sorry Kashie, but this is not first-rate Mozart singing. I listened to the aria without watching because her overacting (whether it was she or the direction) was too distracting. She rushes through the aria without much feeling for the music.

  • No blows to the head. But here’s the review of Monday night’s ‘Rondine’ on ‘Superconductor.’

    • armerjacquino says:

      Not to be That Guy, but I’m pretty sure you don’t mean to say her acting ‘supplanted’ her voice, although I guess it’s something that could be said of Michael or Poplavskaya…