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  • grimoaldo: The review actually explains why, the “upper part of her voice was often so edgy that the aria became truly... 3:44 PM
  • armerjacquino: Polenzani has done more than ‘offer an intriguing preview’ of his Idomeneo- he’s sung the whole part. 3:35 PM
  • Daniel: Thanks for the condescension, but I happen to believe that one never outgrows Mozart. There’s always something in his output... 3:32 PM
  • la vociaccia: When they can no longer sing it well anymore? Not a very difficult concept to grasp. Singers leave repertoire behind. 3:18 PM
  • Greg.Freed: Sierra was actually a lot more interesting out west as Lucia than the Countess. If I were playing mind-reader I’d guess... 2:58 PM
  • la vociaccia: I think PCally mentioned Schwanewilms in reference to Wilson’s Kaiserin recording (Anne being a recent notable... 2:49 PM
  • Daniel: How, exactly, is Mozart “just no longer for” any singer? 2:46 PM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: I don’t mean to take you to task, but I’d say she is more accomplished than promising. I agree that she... 2:14 PM

C’est la guerre, mais ce n’est pas magnifique

“If war is hell, then Soldier Songs should rank somewhere around ‘purgatory.’ David T. Little’s hourlong opera, which made its NYC debut Sunday, takes a serious and exciting idea—the experiences of ordinary soldiers before, during and after combat—and reduces it to a mishmash of verbal and musical clichés.” [New York Post]

2 comments

  • 1
    Henry Holland says:

    But neither text nor music has anything remotely interesting to communicate about the experience of war — not even “what is it good for?”

    Hahahaha, I’m sure the ghosts of Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong would approve of that sentence.

  • 2
    killthewabbit says:

    Glad to see you got this one squarely in the crosshairs. At least one of the other local critics seems to be too busy exchanging high fives with the composer and company on Facebook to issue sound judgement.