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  • pirelli: “I admired Schaefer as Lulu a great deal…” Me too – much much more than... 12:53 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: What anyone at the Figaro rehearsal? Where was the prompter’s box? 12:49 AM
  • The_Kid: Since I have very little skill in scaling singers to mountains, I decided to refrain from... 12:49 AM
  • pirelli: “…and even held on to the E-flat [sic] at the end of the Czardas…R 21;... 12:46 AM
  • The_Kid: Ah, Mrs. JC. Finally!!! However, if you want to inject a degree of sanity into the conversation... 12:34 AM
  • The_Kid: Aw, sh^t. Wrong post. httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=SW73 r2S-wm4 12:27 AM
  • The_Kid: For a long time this was the only Medea excerpt minus the hectoring, out-of-whack recitatives on... 12:25 AM
  • mia apulia: quite charming, a nice way for me to end the evening and head upstairs…. 11:28 PM
  • Sempre liberal: Not quite a pirate, but in honor of the Scotland election, I nominate Margaret Price’s... 11:14 PM
  • la vociaccia: 69 year old Dorothy Kirsten giving the Met audience a last-minute singing lesson... 11:07 PM

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 »