Cher Public

  • Krunoslav: Yes, that’s why I began my post “True, but…” Lenskis are sensitive… 11:03 PM
  • gustave of montreal: Next season, Mascagni’s PARISINA ? 9:44 PM
  • The Poet Lenski: Groves for Graves was an autocorrect fail. And I never said that she didn’t sing other roles. But it’s not... 8:31 PM
  • PCally: Here’s another Dido which I’m sure won’t appeal to everyone. I find it exceptionally regal and intense and her... 8:08 PM
  • PCally: Camille she sang the Plaint and the complete Dido. She was finer in the latter IMO, quite restrained and small scaled in a good.... 8:06 PM
  • Krunoslav: True, but Denyce *Graves* also sang Dorabella, Périchole (both in Philly), Federica, Baba the Turk, Maddalena and Margaret... 8:05 PM
  • Krunoslav: I first heard Lindstrom as Menotti’s Madga (CONSUL) at Opera Arizona with a strong cast– Phyllis Pancella, Eugenie... 8:01 PM
  • Camille: About last night— The question that haunts me the most is this: was that FUCHSIA or MAGENTA the diva du soir was sporting?... 6:59 PM

Another man’s Persian

YaleThe seventeenth-century works of Francisco Cavalli may be easier for modern audiences to accept, their dramatic pace proceeding with little pause through melodic statements, their mingling of coy drama with much comic relief, than the spectacular stop-action vocal showiness of opera seria that succeeded them in fashion. The operas themselves have a certain sameness of melody and texture, an interchangeable tinta, but the inventive stories offer many opportunities to stage directors. Read more »

Il giocondo


As Enrico Caruso once said to me, “All you need for a good La Gioconda is the six greatest singers in the world and a few dancing elephants.” “Are there that many great singers?” I retorted. He just smiled, pinched my cheek and gave me a sketch he’d done of me while I was sleeping through a Meistersinger in standing room. I guess I should have hung on to it, huh? Be worth something today. Anyway, fortunately, he was wrong: You can do a thoroughly enjoyable Gioconda with far fewer great singers than six, and I heard one in Englewood just last Sunday.  Read more »

In harem’s way

DünyaOthello in the Seraglio is the rather unfortunate title bestowed by the ensemble Dünya on its “coffeehouse opera,” ossia The Tragedy of Sümbül the Black Eunuch, presented Friday night at the National Sawdust concert space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, following a brief run in Boston, where Dünya is based.  Read more »


Donizetti, lionized

Just when you thought it was safe to return to Rossini and Verdi—blam!

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French tickler

The concert presented by Opera Lafayette at the Alliance Française last Friday and Saturday was devoted to music of witty, short-lived Emmanuel Chabrier, notably Une Éducation Manquée.

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Sonnambula Juilliard

I don’t sleep, I dream

Bellini blossomed over us like a love fest.

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Flying too high with some guy in the sky

If only—if only half the creativity and spectacle that Encompass New Opera Theatre has lavished on its lively production of The Astronaut’s Tale (at the BAM Fisher through Sunday) had been expended on the pretentious libretto by the late Jack Larsonand the quirky, unappealing score by Charles Fussell…

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Golden Bride

Gold school

The name Joseph Rumshinsky might ring a bell (or a shofar).

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Diana Damrau

Who’s that girl?

Diana Damrau is a great flirt.

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To harness song to human tragedy

LoftOpera gives performances of exceptional musical and theatrical polish in offbeat corners of Brooklyn.

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