People named Jimmy or Placido don’t seem to know this, but when your brains or your bones send you the message, “Hang up the toe-shoes, Bobolink,” do it! Next week the regular Met broadcast season begins; the fiction is that for 20 weeks we will all be listening to and chatting about the same opera. (Yeah, sure!) That makes this a good week to quit. Read more »
Betsy Ann Bobolink
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is first among equals in a spectacular cast when she sings the title role of Ariodante in this season’s installment of Carnegie Hall’s critically acclaimed cycle of Handel’s operas in concert. A brilliantly melodic work, the opera features outstanding arias for each of the principal singers, including Ariodante’s melancholy “Scherza infida” and show-stopping “Doppo note.” Harry Bicket and The English Concert bring authentic Handelian brilliance to this marvelous opera. (Photo: Simon Pauly) Get tickets. Read more »
Today’s chat combines the excitement of a contest with the life-or-death nail-biting of Turandot. The rules are simple; several mistakes are built into the text. You are to find the mistakes before “someone else” does. But if you don’t find all the mistakes you have to send me (pictured) $1.39. Ready! Set! Go! Read more »
My figures show it’s still too early to call Ohio, but other races are more decisive.
Several things got into my inbox this week, calling into question my dependability and accuracy.