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  • La Cieca: I think Ms. Barton is in a somewhat unusual situation here. She is neither a lyric mezzo-soprano... 2:37 AM
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  • ML: M. Croche, on the subject of the casting of Norma, I’m convinced Adalgisa is the lighter, brighter... 2:23 AM
  • Flora del Rio Grande: “Favorably impressed” is just about right for that young tenor at this... 12:47 AM
  • Flora del Rio Grande: The Santa Fe opera could certainly have used Barton this season just ended. I wonder... 12:42 AM
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Fan service

It’s hard to come up with any sensible reason to dislike Joyce DiDonato. With performances at the Grammys, the last night of the proms, and HDs at the Met’s New Year’s gala, she’s become one of the most visible American opera singer of our time, second only to Renée Fleming. In recent years she has acquired a fan base of fierce devotion due in large part to her unprecedented and personal interactions with fans. In addition to a wonderfully detailed blog on which she recently took a stand for equal rights for the LGBT community, she has a YouTube channel dedicated to answering the questions of aspiring opera singers. Read more »

Training day

Ailyn Pèrez is a soprano on the rise.  She’s decked out in prestigious awards from the Richard Tucker foundation, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, George London Foundation, Domingo’s Operalia Competition, etc.  She’s got an impressive pedigree with Indiana University and AVA on her resume and even an extra splash of glamour for being married to another relative operatic newbie, tenor Stephen Costello, who looks like the lead singer in a 90s boyband.  She’s young, she’s beautiful and the great operatic stages of the world are at her beck.  Read more »

Deliberate cruelty is unforgivable

For the second performance of Renée Fleming‘s “Perspectives” performances at Carnegie Hall she chose a semi-staged version of André Previn‘s A Streetcar Named Desire, with the “People’s Diva” herself in the iconic role of the unstable Blanche DuBois.  Bravo to her for choosing an opera based on an American subject matter that had yet to be presented in NYC!  Bravo to her for arriving at a level of celestial operatic stardom that allows her to cherry pick all manner of repertoire for her own series of concerts presented at Carnegie Hall!

And yet… Read more »

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Wigs and weaves

It’s easiest to write reviews when there are soaring triumphs and miserable failures.

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The man in the ironic mask

The realization of the opera Un ballo in maschera by Verdi and the librettist Antonio Somma is almost as famous as the opera itself.

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