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.
Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin
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. Bryan Hymel and Angela Meade star in the composer’s second opera in a concert performance from Frankfurt in 2014. Read more »
This week we get closer to completing the operas of Benjamin Britten with The Rape of Lucretia. This performance from the 1999 Edinburgh Festival features two of the most popular singers on my Mixcloud site since it began: Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson and Simon Keenlyside. Ian Bostridge is the Male Chorus, and Donald Runnicles oversees the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Read more »
Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppea) is opera on the grand scale with mellifluous arias and breathtaking duets that tell a tale of ancient Roman political machinations, adultery, and murder in which there is no true protagonist. This stunningly expressive music is performed by an all-star cast. Soprano Miah Persson, praised by The New York Times for her “sumptuous sound and elegant lyricism,” is joined by singers who have all won worldwide critical acclaim for their mastery of this beautiful repertoire. The Guardian wrote that “there are few performers better-versed in the music of Claudio Monteverdi than Rinaldo Alessandrini and the ensemble he founded 30 years ago, Concerto Italiano.” Alessandrini and company anchor a performance that promises to be one of the season’s most thrilling nights of opera.
For this week I had planned a performance of Lakmé with Ruth Welting, Alfredo Kraus, and Paul Plishka, only to discover after posting it that somewhere in the technologic processes it takes to prepare an upload, 75% of it morphed into ear-shattering noise. Since I am lacking in French opera, I have substituted a performance of Gluck’s Alceste from Wiener Staatsoper in June 2016. Read more »
In our circle, Mexico City in the summer was the opera capital of the world from the late 1940s and early 1950.
Jonas Kaufmann announced that he feels ready to return to the stage after calling in sick since last autumn
A classic 1974 New York City Opera La traviata with Beverly Sills, John Stewart and Dominic Cossa conducted by Julius Rudel.
Let’s celebrate the coming of 2017 with a peek at Elsa Lanchester’s cabaret act consisting of bawdy Cockney songs.
This week features Roger Norrington leading a December 2006 performance of Berlioz/ Enfance du Christ from Berlin