Cher Public

  • Marcello: The webcast was switched to Arabella before the P&M performance on Sunday. So the link to the reception is at best indirect. 1:15 AM
  • La Cieca: Here is what I THINK is the correct listing of the Charlottes. (This was such a while ago that I forget if I changed the order... 1:09 AM
  • mia apulia: I got through 2¼ songs…..and that little went a longs ways in the canoe and the sled 11:44 PM
  • antikitschychick: gorgeous; she sounded super fresh-voiced and there’s not a hint of strain or wobble to be heard. Its nice getting... 11:17 PM
  • arepo: Absolutely spectacular! The one to beat! 10:52 PM
  • Camille: As I recall, you have posted it before, right?—she takes the climactic phrase as it was written, which is pretty damn... 10:31 PM
  • phoenix: Was that enough to cancel it? There’s more to this event than meets the eye or ear – maybe more info will surface... 10:31 PM
  • Camille: It was just on the radio station WKCR – 89.9 last Saturday night — in hommage to the passing on of Gunther Schuller,... 10:24 PM

“Nun halt’ ich, was mich erhebt, der Mächtigen mächtigsten Herrn!”

In an unprecedented move, the Bayreuth Festival has named conductor Christian Thielemann official “Music Director,” according to a statement by festival spokesman Peter Emmerich quoted in Die Presse. Until now, Thielemann’s position has been that of “musical advisor” (musikalischer Berater.)    Read more »

Silenzio! Anna verso noi s’avanza

A first hint of what Anna Netrebko‘s latest Verdi role will sound like.   Read more »

Pas de quatre

“La couleur dramatique l’emporte irrésistiblement, surtout quand il s’agit de satisfaire aux exigences insensées d’une écriture faite de combinaisons et d’alternances de registres vertigineux.” Read more »

Maleficent

Ha, wie begreifst du schnell und wohl!

Well done all of you for guessing almost all the correct identities of the mysterious Ortruden.

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Maleficent

Triskaidekaphilia

Your task: name the Ortruds, all unlucky 13 of them.

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Ronald Wilford

Ronald Wilford 1927-2015

The “manager of legendary maestros” including James Levine, died today in Manhattan. He was 87. [New York Times]

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Zerbinetta

Mixed messages

For instance, the mule is more intelligent and more patient than its parents the horse and the donkey.

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Langsam

Herrn Tristan bringe meinen Gruss

Our dear friends over at Opera Depot are slashing prices in half on all their recordings of Tristan und Isolde in honor of the music drama’s 150th anniversary.

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tourist

Summer madness

Though La Cieca’s occasional brushes with democracy have not left her with much faith in that form of decision-making, she is going to make the leap anyway and turn some small measure of control over to you, the cher public.

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Juntwait

Margaret Juntwait 1957-2015

The host of the Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday Afternoon Radio Broadcasts and longtime public radio personality died today of complications from ovarian cancer. She was 58.

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