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Stranger off a train

Born on this day in 1888 actress Marion Lorne

Born on this day in 1891 tenor Antonio Cortis.

Born on this day in 1892 mezzo-contralto Maria Olszewska.

Born on this day in 1910 soprano Trude Eipperle.

Happy 82nd birthday opera director Harry Kupfer.

Happy 79th birthday mezzo-soprano Huguette Tourangeau.

Born on this day in 1944 tenor Peter Hofmann.

Happy 66th birthday soprano Melanie Holliday.

  • Liz.S

    Wow today’s turned out to be really a great day (starting from JJ’s review on times, Aida coming up, etc…)

    Salzburg Wozzeck didn’t have radio broadcast or streaming schedule listed for long, but yay MediciTV will webcast on Aug 27 (the last perf)!!!
    I’m not sure who would take the baton at the Met but I’m soooo happy we get to hear Jurowski’s take :-)

    V.Jurowski; Kentridge; Goerne, Asmik Grigorian, Siegel, u.a.

  • The BBC’s Proms series this year included La Damnation de Faust with Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducting the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. It is a great demonstration of how exciting Berlioz is on “period” instruments. The principals are Michael Spyres, Ann Hallenberg and Laurent Naouri.

    • manou

      I was there -- it was a splendid performance and I would highly recommend the iPlayer replay.

      • I must say, listening to the replay, I thought how lucky all those present were. I remembered being thrilled by Gardiner’s Les Troyens, but had forgotten quite how exciting his “period” Berlioz is. It was a salutary reminder. When you come back to modern orchestras, they sound tame and bland. Unfortunately I can’t get to the same concert in France at the end of this month.

        • manou

          It is on at the Edinburgh Festival this Sunday -- sans Gardiner (Mark Elder) and Hallenberg (Michèle Losier) -- and also sans the magnificent chorus we were lucky to hear.

          • David Prosser

            I was lucky enough to be there too and thoroughly enjoyed it. There was real snarl and bite in the playing where needed which made it so exciting

          • aulus agerius

            The Amen fugue has loads of personality and isn’t bland at all. Great choral work! I’m seeing DofF this fall with Dutoit & BSO.

        • It has now appeared on YT, for how long who can say?…

    • fletcher

      Thanks for sharing -- I was somewhat disappointed by Gardiner’s Damnation recording from the 80s, but this performance is really fantastic! Hallenberg sounds terrific.

      • What I like in particular about Gardiner’s performances is that he and his Orchestre Révolutionnaire put character and excitement (bite, as David Prosser says above) back into music that has been “smoothed out” by modern instruments and playing. Les Troyens, Le Freischutz, Carmen, Pelléas… all revelatory.