Cher Public

  • antikitschychick: gorgeous; she sounded super fresh-voiced and there’s not a hint of strain or wobble to be heard. Its nice getting... 11:17 PM
  • arepo: Absolutely spectacular! The one to beat! 10:52 PM
  • Camille: As I recall, you have posted it before, right?—she takes the climactic phrase as it was written, which is pretty damn... 10:31 PM
  • phoenix: Was that enough to cancel it? There’s more to this event than meets the eye or ear – maybe more info will surface... 10:31 PM
  • Camille: It was just on the radio station WKCR – 89.9 last Saturday night — in hommage to the passing on of Gunther Schuller,... 10:24 PM
  • Camille: The same has happened when I’ve been there, although it was a lot less so when José van Dam was singing Golaud. If they... 10:19 PM
  • gustave of montreal: what ? 10:15 PM
  • Camille: Felicitations to both die gnädige Feldmarschallin and to stevey as well for hanging in there. There will always be another one,... 10:14 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 »