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Hart and soul

Born on this day in 1910 actress and television personality Kitty Carlisle.  

Born on this day in 1893 baritone Eugen Fuchs

Born on this day in 1924 bass-baritone Erik Saeden

Born on this day in 1935 composer Otto Ketting

  • WindyCityOperaman

    RIP actor, singer and eternal cutie Dean Jones

  • manou

    Kaufmann’s Puccini album:

  • Ilka Saro

    While I admire Hart, Kahn, Reilly and Kuralt (not a law firm!) I have to say I couldn’t get past the first question! I like an opera quiz that asks questions about OPERA for pete’s sake. None of this “please reminisce” or “share an anecdote”. I want to know which operas have five dead bodies at the end, and things like that!

  • Friends of Azeri opera will no doubt be gratified to learn that September 18, 2015 has been proclaimed “Uzeir Hajibeyov Day” in the city of Santa Monica, California. The festivities will continue on September 19 with the screening at the Ricardo Montalban Theater of a newly-remastered and colorized version of the classic 1945 film of the composer’s lively operetta “Arshin Mal Alan”. Tickets, though reserved in advance, are free.

    • Camille

      oh, good. Monsieur croche!

      I just was about to put the word out to you but had no idea if you were around the house. At the present moment, Monsieur Camille is en route to Lincoln Center to get our tickets for tonight’s performance of the Peking Opera. So, the post-mortem will come later on tonight. Mind you, neither of us have much experience of those tonal systems and our opinions are rudimentary and of the rank amateur variety, with the emphasis on rank.

      Be that as it may, I do look forward to seeing this great star, whom — by the way as I just now recalled this fact — was not recognized by the great number of students from Taiwan and the mainland, in a current class --, but they did have some cognizance of the White Snake work and recommended that one over the other work. As we did not have time last night and as LaMonte Young is SOLD OUT tonight (first performance), we are going to the ‘sentimental’ one, instead.

      I am idly wondering how Ricardo Mantalban managed to have a theatre named after him in Santa Monica, hmmmmmm….

      • The number of young Taiwanese fans of Beijing Opera is relatively small. Though Beijing Opera gained a foothold in Taiwanese culture in the early 20th century, it didn’t really take off there until the arrival of the Kuomintang army in 1949. Then it became Taiwan’s officially-favored style of opera through the 80s. By the 90s, the government thought it more prudent to emphasize cultural forms that were more distinctively Taiwanese. Though Beijing opera retains a core of followers among old army soldiers, their descendants, and some University folk, younger Taiwanese opera fans are more likely to prefer the local, Taiwanese-dialect Gezai opera (or Hakka opera or, among the college-educated, Kun opera).

        The mainland Chinese students have no excuse, though. Kids these days,

        White Snake is a story known from many types of opera (it originated as a Sichuanese opera), through popular film and through manga. The Unicorn Purse is a relatively recent (c. 1938) addition to the canon and exists pretty much only in the Beijing Opera tradition.

        Have fun!

        • Camille

          Thank you for both your considered opinions and good wishes. Now I understand why the kids knew of the White Snake legend, and makes sense.

          You shall be hearing back from us. It is an EVENT, in any event, for the likes of Western ears!

          Mucho spasibo!

        • Camille

          croche, I have to fall into bed right now but want to let you know than Zhang Huoding was simply splendid, the opera was most entertaining and the colors and the costumes and the sets were all beautiful and most splendid. It was a most enjoyable evening and am a little sorry now I didn’t go last night but at least we heard this. Not to be forgotten!

          Thanks so much for the alert on this wonderful opportunity.

          Good nite! and Muchissimo spasibo! and Sheh Sheh, too!

          • So glad that you folks enjoyed yourselves. You can now count yourselves among the Beijing Opera aficionados who involuntarily shed a tear at the mere thought of a green horse.

  • Camille

    WindyCityOperaman has outdone himself with today’s birthday entries: I have never heard of any of these gentlemen. Particularly curious about Otto Ketting.

    Windy City, you do your job well! It is always interesting and informative to learn of these new singers/composers/artists.

  • Camille

    Gee, that Edgar selection sounded interesting. It would be a lotta fun if they put on a prima of THAT opera, specially for Der Jonas. Interesting to speculate upon, anyway and ‘twould be a Big Deal.

    And yes, I know it was a turkey and what Puccini Himself said about, still, it might be fun to hear these days being what they are.

    • Cicciabella

      Camille, if you want to see a staged version of Edgar, there’s one with Cura from Torino on the Tube. It’s an interesting role for a tenor with acting and singing chops. The dreaded Nizza is in it, but she was probably good then. I saw a televised version years ago and only remember Cura throwing himself 100% into the character.

  • Hippolyte

    WQXR will be streaming tonight at 7PM EDT a celebration (singing and interviews) of the Richard Tucker Foundation with this year’s winner Jamie Barton, along with Christine Goerke and Paul Appleby.

  • Cicciabella

    16 classical music critics pick the world’s best orchestras and conductors. Neither Luisi nor Gatti makes the cut:

    • Camille

      What a surprising list.

      Who are the critics, one wonders, and from which countries.

      Thank you for posting, as it is very interesting.

      • moritz

        Tim Ashley (The Guardian, Großbritannien), Lazaro Azar (La Reforma, Mexiko), Manuel Brug (Die Welt, Deutschland), Eleonore Büning (FAZ, Deutschland), Hugh Canning (The Sunday Times, Großbritannien), Arthur Dapieve (O Globo, Brasilien), Manuel Drezner (El Espectador, Kolumbien), Harald Eggebrecht (Süddeutsche Zeitung, Deutschland), Neil Fisher (The Times, Großbritannien), Christian Merlin (Le Figaro, Frankreich), Martin Nyström (Dagens Nyheter, Schweden), Clive Paget (Limelight, Australien), Clément Rochefort (France Musique, Frankreich), Benjamin Rosado (El Mundo, Spanien), Gonzalo Tello (El Comercio, Peru), Haruo Yamada (Japan)

        • Camille

          An even more surprising list, not a U.S. paper in the bunch, neither is MB on the list.

          Danke, moritz!

          • moritz

            Camille, the article states: “Three North American critics abstained from voting on the basis they felt that had not seen enough of the world’s top orchestras recently enough to cast their votes.”

          • Cicciabella

            Yes, it’s a pity three North American critics felt they had to abstain. The list pertains to symphonic repertoire: best opera orchestra and best opera conductor lists would look different. Antonio Pappano is also missing, fot example.

  • Shocked_German

    The list of critics is also on, many Germans, no Americans. It says:

    “Three North American critics abstained from voting on the basis they felt that had not seen enough of the world’s top orchestras recently enough to cast their votes.”

    Might explain some of the outcomes, although I doubt anything would have changed for Luisi, he is considered a bore by many people over here.

  • Liz.S

    Did anybody already mention that Enescu Festival is streaming live on their home page --

    This weekend, we have Harteros, Thielemann & SKD’s Strauss abend (not sure if they’re showing Fagioli & Cencic’s Catone on Sunday.)

    Next Sunday, Bayerisches Staatsoper’s Elektra (concert perf) with Panktratova, Pape, Schwanewilms and Agnes Baltsa as Klitemnestra.

    Sep 14 -- Herlitzius & Volle’s Wozzeck

    and so much more… chk it out

    • antikitschychick

      This is awesome; thanks for the heads up Liz :-).

      Also, meant to mention in my previous comment that J&O’s voices don’t blend terribly well, at least on record. Perhaps in the house its different.

      Here’s the trailer for the album:

      Loved the historical narrative he gave; and he looks sexy as hell in those tight jeans and navy blue polo shirt. He’s also singing his butt off in this album. It’s a pity the sound engineer didn’t do a better job with the mixing.

  • zinka

    If we didn’t have Kitty Carlisle, we would never know about what you can do with (TO) the Miserere.

  • RobNYNY

    I live on the same block where La Caravelle was, an old-fashioned haute cuisine French restaurant. I ate there four times (and had the Grand Marnier souffle’ with raspberry sauce four times). Each time there was a star from Hollywood history. Kitty Carlisle, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Fay Wray, Van Johnson. KCH accepted a polite round of applause by placing her hand on her heart and bowing her head. At age 90 she was still beautiful and gracious.

  • zinka

    I have told so many Tebaldi tales, I will not repeat all of them in detail, but I am wondering if we had a way (time machine?) of going back in time, could there have been any singers on her level whose performances were “events,” with the kind of “love over the footlights,” the hands raised in the “Ciao” greeting, the subsequent meeting outside, the running after the limo while she screamed “ciao,:” (remember when I almost became the last castrato, not Moreschi, being impaled on a fire hydrant while running) ,meeting her at affairs or on the street or seeing her off on train or ship, and the funny things she would say like on the last train car(open) she said to a porter,opening a door, “Spoletta, chiudi!!”

    Maybe those “Gerryflappers” for Farrar were in a similar situation??? I tend to feel that everything surrounding Tebaldi from Jan.31, 1955 to her retirement was just pure joy, on or off stage. Did you know that every birthday (Feb.1),the “Tebaldiani” gathered at the NY Taci restaurant and we lined up to speak to her on their phone to Italia???? I personally added my call during that period, and she still remembered her calling me “Carlos,” since at first I communicated in Spanish, and always asked, “Com’e la mamma?” since mom’s first opera was a 1957 Traviata.

    Most singers are absolute angels..Look at Facebook, for example, and how friendly and down-to-earth they are….I bet Tebaldi would join us!!!! I only know that in some ways we know that we can “live happily on memories” of those gone from us, whether it be friends, family, or lovable artists like Renata.

    We “kiddies” who sat in the Carnegie first row at the 1957 Bell Tel.Hr. and looked up (way up) as she looked down at us, winked, and then launched into “Inflammatus,” with a voice that could be heard in Pesaro, will bless her forever!
    Sincerely, Carlos