Cher Public

  • Tamino: Anyone in Boston tommorow evening will have the chance to here the wonderful Stephen Powell with his wife Barbara Shrivis in a... 11:25 AM
  • zinka: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=Zgys UeSGunU Reining 8/7/1903…. Haunting voice..and the only time I sobbed like mad was my... 11:07 AM
  • zinka: Sadly, Mr.Tape, Ralph Ferrandina, was arrested and his collection confiscated..he was greedy and sold PBS stuff..and they caught... 11:05 AM
  • zinka: Charlie H.had to sadly..throw out 3000 reels..because that lousy internet halted his pirating…a shame..because we were able... 11:00 AM
  • decotodd: What wonderful memories Christopher! I too ordered the Mr Tape catalogue as well as Charlie H’s after seeing the ads in... 10:42 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Bismark Reine lives! 9:47 AM
  • manou: Extended version: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=_Pwp kmo116U 8:15 AM
  • damianjb1: Giudici Ad Anna? 6:32 AM

The reel world

I wasn’t expecting to learn tough life lessons from this experience but, boy, did I! Patience! Patience! It never occurred to me that each tape had to be individually dubbed or that others, maybe many, many others, might also be ordering tapes at the same time. I also hadn’t considered that maybe these guys (and, yes, they always were guys) might have had day jobs and couldn’t attend to tapes 24/7. So for our first weeks of togetherness, Sony and I got pretty lonely.   Read more »

Chris and the pirates

Back when I was a good boy, I told my parents that my goal in getting my first job was to earn money for college; however, my real motive was to make my secret wish come true—to be able to consort with “pirates.”   Read more »

Something extramarital

Saturday evening conductor Will Crutchfield revived Donizetti’s La Favorite—unheard in New York for fifteen years—as part of his invaluable series “Bel Canto at Caramoor” leading an appealing cast and making a strong case as he had two years ago with Verdi’s Les Vêpres Siciliennes and Don Carlos for returning to the original version.   Read more »

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Al fresco

Poor Paisiello. Out of the nearly 100 operas written by this industrious composer just one was generally regarded as a masterpiece.

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Orlando Finale

Notes from the underground

Director R.B. Schlather and his team explored Handel’s Orlando and the results, as seen at Monday night’s final presentation, proved uncommonly stimulating.

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Nozze

She who gets slapped

All those who have been in a rage since the news broke this week that the Metropolitan Opera has invited Calixto Bieito to stage Verdi’s La Forza del Destino can relax and embrace the Juilliard Opera’s new Le Nozze di Figaro which opened Friday night.

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Hana Blazíková

Garden party

Many large opera companies these days host valuable young artist programs dedicated to helping singers negotiate the difficult transition between leaving the conservatory and becoming full-time performing artists.

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Roeschmann

Henry, sweet Henry

Although she began her career nearly 25 years ago recording and performing lots of baroque music, I was surprised to see German soprano Dorothea Röschmann promoted as the star attraction of an all-Purcell concert Sunday at Carnegie Hall.

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Megalomania in mufti

Who needs sets and costumes anyway?

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Semele 3

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 a provocative claim.

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