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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.

Theory of revolution

kaufmann-chenierSome of the best news of the year to date came last week when Jonas Kaufmann announced that he feels ready to return to the stage after calling in sick since last autumn: he will head to Paris for Lohengrin next week (meanwhile dropping out of the opening of the new concert hall in Hamburg).  Since his Swan Knight has been posted at Mixcloud for some time, we’ll dedicate our wishes for his continuing good health with a 2015 London performance of Andrea Chénier with Eva-Maria Westbroek and Zeljko Lucic.  Read more »

Conspicuous consumption

sills-traviataEven though New Year’s has passed, let’s keep the bubbles flowing with a classic 1974 New York City Opera La traviata with Beverly Sills, John Stewart, and Dominic Cossa conducted by Julius Rudel.  Read more »

Come to the unstable

lancesterThirty years ago today, Elsa Lanchester left this planet.  While she is best remembered as the titular Bride of Frankenstein, in her 60+ year career she contributed much more than an unforgettable shriek and a lightning bolt in her beehive.  Let’s celebrate the coming of 2017 with a peek at her cabaret act consisting of bawdy Cockney songs.  Read more »

Himself when young

This week features Roger Norrington leading a December 2006 performance of Berlioz/ Enfance du Christ  from Berlin

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Will you tell me what it’s all for?

“Good God—an adult musical!”

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Next to Norma

Anita Cerquetti had one of the most remarkable, most brief careers in opera in the past century.

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Solid gold

This week’s opera is Die Liebe der Danae.

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Susanna in Forth Worth”

I offer a bit of operatic turkey, P.D.Q. Bach’s half-act opera The Stoned Guest, as an aural amuse-bouche. 

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Leonie on the Nile

Leonie Rysanek, would have turned 90 today.

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Trouble in Thebes

What to do with all those glorious short operas: play them alone or find companion pieces?

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