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  • Milady DeWinter: A trifecta of wonderful singers amongst Streich, Valetti, and Koshetz – thanks for... 10:12 AM
  • kashania: Even if I agreed that Germont’s empathy towards Violetta isn’t supported by his... 10:03 AM
  • kashania: That is one of my favourite moments too. Ciofi’s acts the hell out of the role. Her voice is... 9:33 AM
  • kashania: Kelsey is a noted Rigoletto and the Met’s next revival better feature him and not Plácido Domingo... 9:26 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: PS: That was the New York City Opera Orchestra. 9:22 AM
  • pasavant: Thanks for posting the gbopera review. The reviewer certainly knows about singing ( i.e. he agrees... 9:18 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Hot night at Madison Square Garden last night! httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=R... 9:08 AM
  • zinka: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=TmkR RJhO8mA NO VOICE ever,in my view, combined beauty of tone and... 8:55 AM
  • zinka: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=73QG wHG1R1w&featur e=youtu.be 10 years ago on Dec.19, 2004, she... 8:37 AM
  • armerjacquino: I especially feel this about the theatre. Critics must think that all plays are slightly... 8:11 AM

The end of glasnost?


When Mikhail Gorbachev assumed the mantle of the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1985, a palpable change was felt in the air, from Novosibirsk to East Berlin. Words like glasnost (openness) and perestroika (restructuring) began to replace the gradually outmoded Leninist philosophies that had become warped under Stalin and Andropov. The possibilities were palpable, and soon manifested into thousands of Muscovites calling for Gorbachev to resign in 1990, following the latter half of the decade teeming with what David Remnick aptly described for the New Yorker as “argument, truth-telling, irony, hysteria, and scandal” on state television.   Read more »