Cher Public

  • WindyCityOperaman: Here’s a little bit of it . . . httpvh://www.youtu be.com/watch?v=NLW wT_hsEN8 8:08 PM
  • DonCarloFanatic: All I know of this movie is the Mad Magazine spoof, which I believe was entitled, “The Agony and the Agony.” 7:47 PM
  • JohninSeattle: There was blocking?! How did I miss that. oh dear. And, yes, I was *barely* two when Buddy Hackett and Miss America of 1972... 7:12 PM
  • derschatzgabber: Yes,it was basically a concert performance of Nabucco. The projected images rarely made any sense, and the placement of... 6:58 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: And on her way into the city, Mrs. Belasco noticed these strange people on the other side of the road httpv://www.yo... 6:30 PM
  • JohninSeattle: Ah, Verdi in the house that worships Wagner (and the reason I live to see opera in cities not named “Seattle&... 6:29 PM
  • Dolciamente Pipo: I was there! I also thought Mary Elizabeth Williams was terrific. I totally agree with your assessment: a few wayward... 6:14 PM
  • DerLeiermann: *Clutches pearls* 6:01 PM

Words without song

mclatchy_amazonLong ago, in a galaxy far away – I mean, the era before supertitles became common in opera houses around the world – you could always tell the text-mad opera fan.  He was the one who arrived early to the theater and spent the remaining minutes to curtain hunched over his libretto booklet, trying to cram as much of the libretto as he could into his head before the curtain went up, so he could (hopefully) follow along with the words as they were sung.  Some text divas even brought pen lights with them so they could follow along with the text while the opera was going on, to the great annoyance of their seatmates.

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Cobra Jewel Song

cobra-womanThe annual Richard Tucker gala came and went at Avery Fisher Hall with the usual quota of gaffes, wardrobe malfunctions, no-shows, too-much-shows, substitutions and surprise guests (well, guest).  And sandwiched between the routine, the egocentric and the just plain dull were moments of true dementia, the moments that we melomanes live and die for.  Most of those moments were due to the antics of a certain well-known Slavic diva (of whom more later).  But first, the specs.   Read more »