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  • kashania: I’ve always been quite fond of the single aria I know of the score, Marcello’s aria.... 1:01 PM
  • Lohengrin: It is really horrible, sorry, sorry. I often translate via Google from different linguages which... 12:57 PM
  • La Cieca: Well, that’s tricky, depending on what the specific antecedent of “it” is, i.e.,... 12:23 PM
  • Krunoslav: What, Cieca– you don’t *remember* those New Orleans performances ??? :} Wikipedia at... 11:59 AM
  • semira mide: Trying again httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=Tuom 2EnilUg 11:51 AM
  • semira mide: Oops, wrong video. I’ll try again. 11:49 AM
  • semira mide: I didn’t see mention of the March 28th birthday of Daniela Barcellona ( born 1969) She... 11:48 AM
  • spiderman: I’ve been there yesterday. Stemme was very very good, but not as demented as Herlitzius.... 11:41 AM
  • Cicciabella: Lohengrin, I followed your advice, just to see what happens. This is what Google Translate came... 11:27 AM
  • PCally: Glad to read that Magee had a good night. Not a singer that I pay that much attention to in general... 11:23 AM

Mortal purpose

The advance publicity about Zhang Huan’s production of Handel’s luscious Semele currently having its US premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music prominently featured the Chinese artist’s provocative claim: “Knowing nothing about operas, I am a complete outsider.” From this statement many may have feared the worst regie excesses; however, much of Friday evening’s enjoyable performance by the Canadian Opera Company (reportedly revised from its earlier Toronto incarnation) proved to be safely unchallenging.   Read more »

Queen sized

The last day of December a parcel arrived in the mail containing an absolute delight: “Semiramide—La Signora Regale.” One of best vocal recordings of 2014, this sumptuous 2-CD set on Deutsche Harmonia Mundi features the marvelous Italian mezzo-soprano Anna Bonitatibus and includes 90 minutes of rarely-heard music written for the legendary Babylonian queen. Read more »

Wish upon a star

At what moment does a “rising star” become simply a “star”? A crucial step toward that operatic pinnacle may have occurred Wednesday evening at the Metropolitan Opera when soprano Sonya Yoncheva triumphed in her first US Violetta. Since its premiere there in 2010, Willy Decker’s starkly devastating production of Verdi’s La Traviata has been waiting for the ideal protagonist to don Wolfgang Gussmann’s iconic red dress and with its sixth soprano she has arrived. Read more »

Sanka

The year in Corwin

New York City isn’t a bad place to live, operatically-speaking.

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xavier sabata

Saxon violence

His shaved head in striking contrast to his dark beard and glinting eyes, the implacable Tartar conqueror glowers at us from the CD cover, while the uncropped photo of countertenor Xavier Sabata (above) is even more disturbing, featuring his raised fist and forearm tightly wrapped in a leather belt.

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Christie

Revival meeting

For many in New York and around the world, if the name William Christie appears on a concert or opera program, it’s a must-attend.

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Noseda

Bows and arias

Whenever opera-lovers are canvassed about what neglected operas they hunger to see revived, the resulting lists inevitably feature a goodly number of grand operas, those once wildly popular monstrosities–particularly by Meyerbeer–written primarily for Paris in the mid-19th century.

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Natalie Dessay

Regni Dessay

Almost exactly twenty years after her auspicious Metropolitan Opera debut as the Fiakermilli in Arabella and a year following what she has claims was her final appearance on the operatic stage, Natalie Dessay returned Sunday afternoon to Lincoln Center—to sing opera.

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DiDonato

In witch we serve

Sunday afternoon’s intermittently involving concert performance of Handel’s Alcina at Carnegie Hall starred an unusually intense Joyce DiDonato as a powerful sorceress blinded by her romantic delusions.

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Myth opportunity

America hasn’t exactly been vigorous about commemorating the 250th anniversary of the death of Jean-Philippe Rameau.

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