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Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin

An opera fanatic before his tenth birthday, Larry L. Lash (Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin) studied all aspects of theater and ballet at CUNY and American Ballet Theater School. After years of dancing, directing, and acting in New York City and Hollywood, he served a dozen years at PolyGram Records as an in-house producer and liner note author, followed by another five years as artistic director of a modern dance company. Upon relocating to Vienna in 2001, he chose journalism for the next stage of his career, and has since been a regular performing arts critic and correspondent for The Financial Times, Bloomberg, Variety, Musical America, Opera News, Ballet Review, The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, The Sondheim Review, and Andante, as well as Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveller, and various newspapers throughout America.



Fire Walk with Me

This week brings another opera about which we’ve heard a lot but have had few opportunities to see onstage: The Fiery Angel by Sergei Prokofiev.  Read more »

Seconda la commedia, sta cheto e lascia far

It’s been said that the final installment of the great trio of bel canto comedies is Don Pasquale, following Il barbiere di Siviglia and L’elisir d’amore.  Although the work slipped out of the standard repertoire in the later half of the 20th century, there has been a distinct upswing, including the first performance at Wiener Staatsoper in 32 years in 2015 which we’ll sample this week.  Michele Pertusi takes the lead, abetted by Valentina Nafornita, Juan Diego Flórez, and Alessio Arduini, under Jesús López-Cobos.  Read more »

Midcentury modern

Die Zauberflöte may be the most popular opera which I haven’t yet posted with respect to my goal of offering the most-performed works around the world.  This week’s feature is a classic Salzburger Festspiele performance from 1959 with the all-star cast of Leopold Simoneau, Lisa Della Casa, Kurt Böhme, Erika Köth, Walter Berry, Hans Hotter, Graziella Sciutti and Karl Dönch conducted by George Szell.  Read more »

Ready or not, here comes mama

Opening night of La Scala in 1962 with Franco Corelli, Antonietta Stella, Fiorenza Cossotto, Ettore Bastianini, and Ivo Vinco.

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Wallflower at the orgy

I’ve reached one of my goals for 2017: with this week’s upload of Edgar, you can now find at least one complete performance of every opera by Giacomo Puccini on my Mixcloud site.

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What win I, if I gain the thing I seek?

This week we get closer to completing the operas of Benjamin Britten with The Rape of Lucretia.

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A spouse tale

A performance of Gluck’s Alceste from Wiener Staatsoper in June 2016.

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Trio by Leos

This week, a Janácek trilogy: Sárka, Osud and Zápisník zmizelého.

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Scritto in ciel

In our circle, Mexico City in the summer was the opera capital of the world from the late 1940s and early 1950.

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Blut force

The very first Vienna post-war performance of Elektra.

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