Cher Public

  • rapt: Has anyone noted here that Racette is replacing Serafin for the upcoming run of Il Tabarro at ROH? 9:31 PM
  • mjmacmtenor: The “aria” (stubby fingers) 9:05 PM
  • mjmacmtenor: Like many I first fell in love with this opera through this artists classic (and frequent) performance of the Rica.... 9:04 PM
  • Bill: Lady Abbado – The Volksoper in Vienna has done Rondine on rare occasions – perhaps it has not ever been done at the... 8:59 PM
  • DerLeiermann: News: Sofia Coppola to direct a “La Traviata” production in Rome! 8:57 PM
  • DerLeiermann: Is it true that this opera is also known as “the poor man Traviata”? 8:40 PM
  • laddie: I, too, saw this work in Santa Fe last summer. AI you are of course completely in the know here. As far as positive reviews go,... 8:29 PM
  • armerjacquino: You do wonder why they have so much trouble with relatively simple sets. FYI, no set which includes a revolve, especially a... 8:16 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 »