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O sogni d’or

On this day 1985 The Golden Girls debuted on NBC.

Born on this day in 1885 conductor and composer Vittorio Gui.

Born on this day in 1896 tenor José Mojica.

Born on this day in 1910 composer and administrator Rolf Liebermann.

Born on this day in 1910 composer and conductor Lehman Engel.

Born on this day in 1919 commentator, writer and musicologist Deryck Cooke.

Born on this day in 1933 singer/actor Harve Presnell.

Happy 82nd birthday tenor Toni Krämer.

On this day in 1954 Britten’s Turn of the Screw premiered in Venice.

Happy 67th birthday tenor Raúl Giménez.

  • Oh happy day. “Benjamin wasn’t black. He was from New Jersey!”

  • La Cieca

    Note that the “Divinity, Restored” review has now been updated to include sound clips illustrating the new remastering of this material.

    • Thanks, La Cieca. That sound different is notable. I can’t believe how good the Macbeth sounds.

      • cielo e mar

        Indeed, thank you LC! So many of us already have these performances on one or more “best possible sound” versions. The difference here is startling enough to justify taking the plunge all over again.

    • Leontiny

      Brilliant!! Great find LaC. Thank you. The sound difference is quite amazing. Bravo to the French engineers.

  • DonCarloFanatic

    Saw the WNO’s Aida last night. Tamara Wilson got no love from the audience. No one applauded after “O Patria Mia.” I’m not sure if it was because the music ends after the singing does, and there were a lot of opera newbies in the house who were too polite to interrupt it, or if the conductor did not take a standard pause, or what.

    Also, the poor girl was dressed in a schmatte that made her look slovenly and apparently was inside out in the first act. Dreadful.

    • Armerjacquino

      I’m so looking forward to ENO’s new Phelim McDermott AIDA next month. For a ‘second house’ production the cast of Latonia Moore, Michelle de Young, Gywn Hughes Jones and Brindley Sherratt is really exciting. Can’t wait to experience Moore live.

      • southerndoc1

        Wonder if that’s a back-up to come to the Met if Michelotti doesn’t work out?

    • grimoaldo2

      Yes I was there also. I think the audience didn’t applaud because the conductor did not stop the music. The costume was indeed dreadful. Loved Semenchuk, could not stand Hawkins. Lee was loud.Hated them bringing the curtain down before the music ended in the Nile scene and the Judgement scene, then the audience did applaud and that drowns out the great orchestral flourishes at the end, oh that makes me spit.

      • I was surprised to see so many people on this site were in Wales, then realised WNO also means Washington…

      • Camille

        Since you admire both Alagna and Semenchuk, too, just let me remind you:

        They will be singing together only three performances of Cavalleria Rusticana in January. A couple of them (the 8th is a Listen Live and the 13th is the Saturday broadcast) will be broadcast but the one on the 17th will not be. Just so you know!!