Judith Malafronte

Unprotected

I would happily go hear Anna Caterina Antonacci sing the phone book, or even a list of donors to the New York City Opera, which sponsored the soprano’s only U.S. appearances this season in a recital last night in Zankel Hall, repeated tonightRead more »

Eternal, feminine

For her first CD release in six years, Angela Gheorghiu has chosen Italian repertoire in a recital (Eternamente: The Verismo Album) that showcases her considerable vocal and musical strengths while leaving a few “what was she thinking” moments.  Read more »

Divine intervention

"When my enemies stop hissing, I shall know I'm slipping."

“When my enemies stop hissing, I shall know I’m slipping.”

The second half of Warner Classics’ Maria Callas Live Remastered set represents the years 1954 to 1964 in the career of La Divina.  Read more »

Divinity, restored

All the daring and imagination of La Divina’s live work, particularly in the early years, is revealed in Warner Classics’ Maria Callas: The Live Recordings.

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A midnight girl in a nine o’clock town

Samantha Hankey, so impressive as Diana and Giove-in-Diana in Juilliard’s recent run of Cavalli’s La Calisto, was the perfect Cenerentola.

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Tenors gone wild

Among several fine productions at Aix this summer, Dmitri Tcherniakov’s brilliantly conceived and executed Carmen proved a game changer. 

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The beautiful stage is empty

Two productions at the Aix-en-Provence festival shared one look.

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