Cher Public

Popp star

Born on this day in 1939 soprano Lucia Popp

Born on this day in 1892 tenor Tudor Davies.

Born on this day in 1920 bass Michael Langdon.

Happy 70th birthday soprano, teacher and administrator Sheri Greenawald.

  • manou
    • Camille

      BOTH “topless” and “bottomless”!

      I’m of a similar feeling myself. My solution, to the horror of wagnerites, is to attend Act III alone and that way Walther’s Preislied is not totally RUINED for me by its final iteration. Love the Quintett, too, but I can do without most the rest.

      The Wagner Societies of the world will now stone me, but I don’t care. I’d rather be dead than go through all three acts ever again.

      Oh. I am sorry to have missed Botha, though.

      • DonCarloFanatic

        That’s a good solution. I might try it sometime, as I find this opera otherwise intolerable despite being a fan of his other work.

        • Camille

          Yes, I could sit through half-dozen Tristans and a baker’s dozen of Parsifals, but Meistersinger just gets on my proverbial nutz. Various lectures on the profundities of Hans der Schuhmacher by my husband have all been entirely lost on me, the unregenerate lover of belcanto, frenchie frivolitiez, veristic blood and thunder, and worst of all--a fancier of zarzuelas!!!

          AND Don Carlos en français ONLY!! One of my supreme delights and one recently afforded me, due to the largesse of l’Opéra de Paris! Grand Merci!

          • manou

            I am very fond of Meistersingers but would be the first to wield the red pencil if they asked me to edit it -- which to my great surprise no one has as yet…

            But here is more Ruskin musical criticism: “Beethoven always sounds to me like the upsetting of a bag of nails, with here and there an also dropped hammer.”

            Hmmm. And I am not talking of his idiosyncrasies with regard to the female anatomy.

            • Ivy Lin

              More Ruskin:
              “I like my girls from ten to sixteen—allowing of 17 or 18 as long as they’re not in love with anybody but me.—I’ve got some darlings of 8—12—14—just now, and my Pigwiggina here—12—who fetches my wood and is learning to play my bells.”

            • La Cieca

              I am eager to hear how this relates to Wagner or Beethoven.

            • Brackweaver

              Sexy helps. I was surprised how much Gunther Groissbock helped the parts of Der Rosenkavalier that have never held my interest previously. Years ago James Morris helped Die Meistersinger for me in the same way.

  • QuantoPainyFakor

    Rest in Peace Frank Corsaro!

    • david alden

      Thanks QPF for the post about Frank Corsaro. Yes this brilliant and unique man has left us. He had a profound influence on opera and production in America. He was our Felsenstein, our Wieland, our Visconti — but uniquely American. We who were lucky enough to see his innovative productions at New York City Opera starting in the Sixties witnessed a revolution in operatic acting: detailed realism, a Method-style search for truth and honesty, an enlightened disdain for tired traditions, a deep musicality…well I could go on and on. No doubt much will be written about Frank — many singers, conductors and directors who learned so much from him will never forget his energy and genius, but most of all his generosity and passion.

      • Camille

        What Mr Alden says, and it is swell of him —of all people—to speak out, is absolutely correct and the way in which I recall Mr Corsaro and the attendant sensational furor he created with his new wave of opera production. Hoping he is appropriately remembered and reverenced, lest his considerable achievements be forgotten but I somehow think the legacy he created will live on in his disciples’ workings for the stage.

        A family member of mine did get to see The Makropoulos Case back in the day and described it to me. It was truly extraordinary. And WAY ahead of the curve. May he rest in well deserved peace but may his work always be remembered.


    Cry FOREVER as on 11/14 (1926) we remember a great great lady who might have had her “flaws” but proved to be a MIRACLE!!!!! God bless her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    5:09 summarizes what Leonie was!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We just fell on the (standees) floor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Vat you mean Ich Kann nicht Gerschrel in a concert version?????


    Someone told Gheourghiu she had no top…so she said, “OH YEAH” and recorded this.