Cher Public

  • grimoaldo: *bicentenary* of Maria Malibran’s birth 2:00 PM
  • grimoaldo: Vincent Price,rather bizarrely cast as Sir Despard Murgatroyd in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore, one in a series of the... 1:50 PM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: I can imagine Marton might have been a trial in the role at that point. There is a complete Forza from the late 70s on... 1:48 PM
  • grimoaldo: Oooh, thanks for the clip from Clari, a real rarity. That is a clip from a witty 2008 production in Zurich which was given as a... 1:43 PM
  • Signor Bruschino: Since Anna brings all of her triumphs to the MET, please LaCieca, tell us what production do you think of Lohengrin they... 1:32 PM
  • erste bratsche: Second part of story: I was back in Vienna a few days later connecting to someplace else and I saw Marton at the same... 1:28 PM
  • erste bratsche: I suffered through only Act One of a live Forza at the Vienna Staatsoper in either 1989 or the early 90s. Eva Marton was... 1:25 PM
  • scifisci: what wonderful news! The clips anna has been posting on instagram have been great teasers. And while it’ll be wonderful to... 1:04 PM

Under a linden tree

A new CD features the ten most gorgeous minutes recorded by a tenor in Wagner since World War II. It is Jonas Kaufmann singing from Act Two of Siegfried “Dass der mein Vater nicht ist… Du holdes Vöglein!” – otherwise known as “The Forest Murmurs.” This fragment lies perfectly for him, in the very middle of his voice, with a brief G the highest note.  His tone is sumptuous and flows effortlessly with the glamour, distinctiveness and immediate recognizability that define a great “classical” singer. He is able to sing over a wide dynamic range from breathtaking softness, always full bodied, to a ripe but never heavy sound at fuller voice, and there is wonderful contrast throughout. Read more »