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  • Camille: oh, good. Monsieur croche! I just was about to put the word out to you but had no idea if you were around the house. At the... 1:09 PM
  • m. croche: Friends of Azeri opera will no doubt be gratified to learn that September 18, 2015 has been proclaimed “Uzeir Hajibeyov... 1:01 PM
  • Ilka Saro: While I admire Hart, Kahn, Reilly and Kuralt (not a law firm!) I have to say I couldn’t get past the first question! I... 12:55 PM
  • Camille: Oui. Elle avait toutes les qualités et toutes les notes 12:55 PM
  • Camille: ooo–la-la!! Mon pauvre petit choux gustave!!!! Je suis désolée!!!!! Actually, I was going to suggest you go to your local... 12:54 PM
  • antikitschychick: we could, and it makes more sense that she would be covering the entire run rather than just that October 3rd... 12:50 PM
  • Camille: Wasn’t part of the scuttlebutt about Oropesa the pertinent fact she wished to sing leading roles — like what she is... 12:46 PM
  • Camille: “Glacial website”. Well put, overstimmelated. Where does one go to find out about last minute cast substitutions,... 12:42 PM

Call me Madame

“To play La Pompadour—what a delightful task! To be La Pompadour—what a gruesome fate!” Thus spoke operetta superstar Fritzi Massary after researching her role as Louis XV’s official mistress in the Leo Fall operetta Madame Pompadour, which was written as a star vehicle for “die Massary” and had its first, hugely successful, performance in Berlin in 1922, followed by runs in Vienna and London. Read more »

Kraus purposes

Perhaps there are not that many people in the world who would look at a CD cover and think “Oh, goody, goody! A libretto by Eugène Scribe I’ve never come across before!” Scribe, a prolific creator of many forms of popular theatre in Paris, wrote the libretti for the most famous French grand operas but also produced works in many other genres. I knew I could expect a lot of variety, incident and entertainment from Ali Baba ou Les Quarante voleurs (“Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves”) and I was not disappointed. Read more »

Bo, concept

The surprises, and puzzles, of Dmitri Tcherniakov‘s production of Don Giovanni in this DVD of a performance at the Aix-en-Provence festival begin before a note has been played or the curtain has risen. The cast list is not what those of us familiar with the Mozart-da Ponte classic are accustomed to.

We find the statement “The action takes place in the house of the Commander” and then the cast is listed as : “The Commander; Donna Anna (his daughter); Don Ottavio (her new fiancé); Zerlina (her daughter by a previous marriage); Masetto (Zerlina’s fiance); Donna Elvira (Anna’s cousin); Don Giovanni (Elvira’s husband); and Leporello (a relative who lives in the house).” Read more »

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Hell night

I got quite a surprise when I opened the latest packet of goodies from La Cieca – a DVD of Orphée aux Enfers, but in German as Orpheus in der Unterwelt.

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Doing it again

The 19th century could not cope with Così fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti (Thus Do They All, or The School for Lovers)  with a libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte and music by Mozart, first presented in Vienna in 1790.

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And to top it all off, the volcano erupts

the strip on my first and, so far at least, only visit to Las Vegas a few years ago, I noticed what to me was a most unexpected sight and startled my companions by pointing out the window and shouting “Auber!”

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One for the vault

Of all of Verdi’s operas. Aida is the one I find least interesting dramatically.

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Odd numbers

All of the operas of Giuseppe Verdi contain music that is worth hearing and can be rewarding in good performances.

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Captivating in Babylon

Verdi’s first operatic masterpiece is well served by this DVD of a performance from the Teatro Regio di Parma.

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