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  • SF Guy: “She plays Medea later this week.” 5:07 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Here another one bites the dust in Wien: http://kurier.at/k ultur/musik/ber... 5:01 AM
  • m. croche: Made more puzzling by the fact that there are several thing that happen onstage which are... 4:56 AM
  • SF Guy: If the lady was discussing the production, it was indeed a good five bars worth of peculiar–... 4:49 AM
  • m. croche: Radvanovsky hit the ball out of bounds a couple times during the opera and had to take the extra... 4:29 AM
  • redbear: Speaking of “singing in the rain,” the film’s producer, Arthur Freed, wanted to repeat his success... 4:19 AM
  • SF Guy: I was there Wednesday as well–Radvano vsky had the same occasional problems on pianissimo... 4:05 AM
  • m. croche: Off topic, but this is hot off the wires. A special U.S. performance by the Wen He Traditional... 4:03 AM
  • derschatzgabber: I attended opening night. Berti was better than expected, but still less than good. I went... 3:11 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: I watched it last night on TV and it was very interesting. You can tell how intelligent she... 3:10 AM

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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