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 »
Lincoln Center’s Great Performers presents Diana Damrau on Saturday, December 10th, joined by Xavier de Maistre on harp, performing works by Debussy, Strauss, Fauré, and more. A regular at the Met Opera, Damrau has been called “a soprano of matchless intelligence” (Guardian).
“One of the greatest proponents of the German lied tradition” (New York Times), baritone Christian Gerhaher performs an all-Mahler program on Saturday, December 17th, featuring Gerold Huber on piano. The Telegraph calls him “the most moving singer in the world.”
Both performances are at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.
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.