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  • kashania: I haven’t heard Measha B sing in a couple of years, but at its best the voice has what I... 2:49 PM
  • la vociaccia: But to be fair, Rufus doesn’t exactly come out of that video looking like the picture of... 2:47 PM
  • kashania: Um, wow! 2:46 PM
  • olliedawg: Disclaimer: I usually like Renee Fleming’s work, sometimes even love it. She always strikes... 2:42 PM
  • mskapay: Hmm, she also says she miscarried twins. Poor love. All my good thoughts for a splendid return. 2:25 PM
  • overstimmelated: “accede to” = Macbeths :-) 2:24 PM
  • mskapay: Hmm, she has a long post on her personal Facebook about her vocal problems, but the English is a... 2:22 PM
  • mskapay: Right, I mixed up the dates. I don’t think she was in good shape for that Tatiana, although... 2:19 PM
  • Milady DeWinter: That’s right Monty,I had forgotten – Measha was a very sick lady a while back,... 1:58 PM
  • MontyNostry: How was Jessica Nuccio? I saw her in a competition a few years ago and she sang very well,... 1:55 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 »