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Niel Rishoi

Sgombra è la sacra megaplex

I suspect that David McVicar’s new production of the Metropolitan Opera’s Norma had its most congenial showing as a totality, specifically in the HD format at the movie theater.  Read more »

“He was sort of the Brando of music”

Image from Albert Innaurato’s fantastical blog “Mrs. John Claggart’s Sad Life”

I wept when I heard the news. Albert… I had such affection for him, his generosity of spirit in sharing all that he knew about practically everything in the world, was rarely matched by anyone I have ever known, ever.  Read more »

Screen queen

Devereux 4This season’s Met Donizetti Tudor Trilogy concluded with Roberto Devereux, given its penultimate performance by HD transmission Saturday, April 16. It is good to see these works finally given here; they are too important, too crucial a part of the operatic repertory to have been ignored for as long as they have.  Read more »

Roberto Devereux: Tragedy Mirrored

By the time Roberto Devereux saw its premiere at Napoli’s Teatro San Carlo on 29 October, 1837, Gaetano Donizetti had lost, in an 18-month time frame, both his parents, two still-born children, and his beloved wife Virginia.

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