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The Queen of Babylon

Happy birthday mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. 

Born on this day in 1778 composer Fernando Sor.

Born on this day in 1870 composer Tomás Barrera.

Born on this day in 1873 bass Feodor Chaliapin.

Born on this day in 1913 baritone Otto Wiener.

Born on this day in 1920 soprano Eileen Farrell.

  • Rowna Sutin

    I heard her several times as Rosina. Was a great signature role for her. Anyone remember how she sang it from her wheel chair with a broken leg? She is a total trooper. I caught the latest iteration at the Met this weekend of Barbiere. Here are my thoughts plus a better view of my necklace. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYzc3A2OgYQ

  • chicagoing

    The ‘In Memoriam’ segment during last night’s Grammy Award telecast included Patrice Munsel along with the more expected Leonard Cohen and Leon Russell.

  • Camille

    Listening to the Rusalka transmission and thinking the impossible …“has there ever been a performance in which the Jezibaba sounds more beautifully than the Rusalka?”

    Although tonight the Rusalka sounds somewhat better than previously, so much so I may take a chance on going. Can anyone tell me, does the voice sound less glassy and occluded in the house? Perhaps it’s a trick of the recording as thus far it’s what I’ve always heard.

    • steveac10

      Probably not, but there are two things about Barton that could lead to this result. Firstly the Met has obviously not figured out what to do with Barton, and Barton apparently loves to lavish her amazing gift on witches. The Hansel witch aria was a go to piece for her on the competition circuit.

      • Camille

        She has one of the best opera laughs I’ve EVER heard. What a thick rich sound. What a Dalila, a Principessa de Bouillon, etc. she’d make,
        If only