Cher Public

  • -Ed.: Ha! Your thread title reminded me to check on the results of this year’s Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. http://www.bulw... 11:18 AM
  • Fluffy-net: I too had planned to go to Cologne. It is also supposed to be done in Copenhagen, although not in the 15-16 season. This... 10:54 AM
  • WindyCityOperaman: I’m hoping someday the BBC will resurrect the video of Tales of Hoffman on DVD. Yes, the music is not complete... 10:25 AM
  • messa di voce: You’re channeling Steane: “The great contribution of . . . Farrar was a simple matter: she would sing broad... 10:14 AM
  • WindyCityOperaman: Terrific movie about the director of Bride of Frankenstein’ ;s director. Great movie . . . httpvh://www.yo... 10:11 AM
  • messa di voce: Lehmann wrote movingly about how she, the rest of the cast, and the entire chorus were in tears at the end of the dress... 10:08 AM
  • steveac10: Well, since what we listened two for the better part of a century was largely the construction of someone other than Offenbach,... 9:39 AM
  • Buster: I had planned to see this in Cologne in December, but because of the problems there, it apparently has now been postponed. Too... 4:14 AM

Summer of love

In just two years, Brooklyn’s LoftOpera has rapidly established itself as a bracing, essential addition to New York City’s musical life. While some can’t imagine opera existing outside Lincoln Center and, perhaps, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, many others hunger for alternatives and hundreds of them converged Friday evening at The Muse, a cavernous circus school, to savor Loft’s latest endeavor, a provocative staging of Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’été and Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen.   Read more »

Everything is illuminated

Few new operas have received the near-unanimous acclaim that has greeted Written on Skin since its first performance at the 2012 Aix-en-Provence Festival. The subject line of the email I received from Lincoln Center promoting its US stage premiere went so far as to proclaim it “the opera you’ve been waiting for!” The excitedly expectant audience that filled the former New York State Theater Tuesday evening hailed it with a loud and prolonged ovation, but the intensely complex 90-minute work proved easier to admire than to love.   Read more »

Ne plus ultra

Gerry and Cookie Fleck with their Norwich Terrier WinkyWhen LaCieca asked me to choose my favorite live recording, I had to think… and think. After so many years of loving to listen to them, I found it nearly impossible to choose. Read more »

Ice Pirates

The best is yet to come

The CD explosion coincided with an enormous increase in interest in HIP (historically informed performance) so now there were lots of commercial recordings of the sort of operas I had turned to pirates to find.

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pirates

A passel of pirates

Many live treasures (and some duds) began to take up more and more space—first in my dorm room, then in my first little studio apartment thanks to a group of quite special men, none of whom I ever met face to face.

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Dame Janet Baker

The reel world

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.

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Dragon Lady Thumb

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.”

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Margaine

Something extramarital

Saturday evening conductor Will Crutchfield revived Donizetti’s La Favorite—unheard in New York for fifteen years.

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Barbiere_1

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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