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On this day in 1965 the Burton Lane-Alan Jay Lerner musical On a Clear Day You Can See Forever opened on Broadway. 

Born on this day in 1904 tenor Dinu Badescu.

Born on this day in 1915 playwright Arthur Miller.

Happy 93rd birthday baritone Rolando Panerai.

Happy 78th birthday tenor Reiner Goldberg.

On this day in 1960 the Jerry Bock-Sheldon Harnick musical Tenderloin opened on Broadway.

On this day in 1963 the Arthur Schwartz-Howard Dietz-Mary Martin musical Jennie opened on Broadway.

Happy 33rd birthday critic Zachary Woolfe.

  • La Cieca

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  • 1:45:35 Greatest Rogo since Castagna

  • Antikitschychick

    With La Cieca’s permission I would like to address a comment PCally made in the other thread in response to my post. This is not related to AI and I won’t mention him at all so I don’t think I’m breaking any rules. PCally you mentioned MarshieMarkII and a “weird obsession” with Hildegard Behrens. I have had the pleasure of meeting MarshieMarkII and interacting with him on several occasions as he has generously invited me to numerous dress rehearsals and performances at the Met and I can honestly say that he is one of the nicest, smartest and funniest people I’ve ever met. Moreover his knowledge of opera, and Wagner in particular which is a favorite composers of mine as well is quite vast. I’ve learned a lot from him and I’m deeply grateful for the nuggets of wisdom and operatic knowledge he’s shared with me. Moreover he does have deep admiration and respect for many singers whom he has seen and heard live other the years, not just Behrens. He also has amazing stories/anecdotes from decades of opera going, some of which he has shared here and they’re quite fascinating.

    He is undoubtedly a big fan of Hildegard Behrens but I don’t see what’s weird about that, particularly if you love Mozart and Wagner. Christine Georke who is close to becoming this generation’s preeminent Wagnerian Soprano, at least when it comes to American singers, is also big Behrens fan and has given her heaps of praise as have other singers like DiDonato, Domingo etc. Of course I wasn’t there to witness her performances so I am by no means an authority when it comes to her but she is considered to be one of the greatest Wagnerian sopranos of her generation. Of course, ymmv but I don’t see what’s weird about admiring such a singer.

    • PCally

      I apologize and you are right, my phrasing was snitty. I personally mostly got along with marshie and generally had similar tastes actually, certainly in music. What I found irritating was his total dismissal of other wonderful sopranos in the roles Behrens sang when she was in her prime who frankly, whatever one think about their basic sound or their artistry, met the demands of the music more accuratley and with greater ease. And while he might never have been as outright hostile as Mjc I personally didn’t find his way of disagreeing with people (on parterre at least) all that different, notably when discussions about Levine came up.

      I genuinely wish he would post more regularly and I loved his recollections.

      • Antikitschychick

        Thank you! I’m sure he would appreciate your comment and I too wish he would post more often. I love his style of writing (and I’ve said enough about mrsjc for a day, or lifetime really so I will avoid comparisons!)

        Also I meant to say Strauss instead of Mozart since she was a better Strauss singer than Mozart. She was great in Fidelio as well.

    • Armerjacquino

      TBH, my personal experiences on here with Mrs JC and Marshie were more or less identical: if you happened to agree with them they could be charming, if you didn’t they’d be viciously unpleasant.

      I don’t think there’s anything sinister or hypocritical in the responses on here to Mr Innaurato’s death, however. When a complicated person who could be brilliant and could be awful loses his or her one life, the decent reaction is surely to focus on the positive elements.

      • Antikitschychick

        Well you are entitled to your opinion and I respect it, however I disagree, especially with the assertion that AI and MMII were identical but again I won’t get into those sorts of comparisons.

        I didnt say the responses to his death were sinister and I certainly didn’t mean to imply that they were. I did find them as I said troubling, disappointing and in a few cases self-gratifying, because of how one sided many of them were but I don’t presume to speak for everybody. Clearly most people praised him as La Cieca said so that’s that.

        As far as decency is concerned, unfortunately I don’t think I said anything that was inaccurate or way off the mark so in a certain sense you’re right: the things I said were very indecent indeed. I certainly don’t take pleasure in speaking ill of the dead and I hope to never say such things ever again.

        • Lohenfal

          Having had interactions with both AI and MMII on this site, I have to wonder that anyone could consider them identical. MMII, whom I have never met personally, is a model of courtesy. His attachment to Behrens is no more strange or obsessive than many of the attachments I read about here. True, we both share a great enthusiasm for Wagner, and that might color my opinion.

          As for AI, my respect for his great erudition, which I remember from hearing him many times on the Met Saturday broadcasts, can’t prevent me from having a definitely mixed opinion. In his last posts on Opera-L, he was giving his usual combination of fascinating commentary and insults, even when no one was engaging him on any particular topic. I also don’t want to speak ill of the dead, so I’ll stop at this point.

          • Antikitschychick

            Nice to see you back here Lohenfal ??. I certainly missed our exchanges. I hope you’ve been well.

            • Lohenfal

              I’ve been well but felt that I needed a break. The new production of Norma was enough to bring me back, if perhaps for the wrong reasons.

          • Armerjacquino

            ‘My experiences with them were more or less identical’ != ‘these people are identical’

            Never having met either, I can only go by how they interacted with me on this site- I’m saying what happened to me, not offering an abstract opinion.

            • Lohenfal

              Armer, I understand the distinction.

              In my case, the interactions with the two of them have been diametrically opposed, as could be inferred from my comment.

            • Armerjacquino

              Difference is, I guess, that I happily believe your account of your experiences, whereas you ‘have to wonder’ about mine.

  • Ivy Lin

    Well I went to see The Band’s Visit last night. Not opera but definitely a very buzzy show on Broadway. I wasn’t too impressed: