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  • Buster: Modern classics like the Ruth Berghaus Tristan und Isolde, or the Konwitschny Aida are both over... 3:37 AM
  • Porgy Amor: Lepage Rake trailer: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=U7fy z9ZLDno A DVD from La Monnaie’s... 3:26 AM
  • Porgy Amor: Terrence Malick’s film Days of Heaven seems to me timelessly great, and it would be high on... 3:21 AM
  • m. croche: Another part of the Al Jolson legacy: He was such a popular entertainer worldwide, that he... 2:05 AM
  • fletcher: HH, are you planning to go to Salonen’s Pelléas next spring at LA Phil? The semi-staged... 1:58 AM
  • Krunoslav: True enough httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=tWCe 6bW0-Fs 1:46 AM
  • Batty Masetto: My late ex, a theater designer, used to tell about attending a Met performance (maybe... 1:17 AM
  • Fritz: You could still see blackface on British television until the late 70s. httpv://www.you... 1:03 AM
  • PCally: The best example currently would be the Schenk Rusalka, which is in serious need of a paint job,... 12:35 AM
  • Krunoslav: ‘Jolson’s style has dated terribly, but I don’t know how many performers of his generation... 12:19 AM

Katerina’s insomnia

Fellow sitcom junkies may remember the episode of Modern Family where Gloria Pritchett, Sofia Vergara’s character, describes her relationship with her ex-husband: “It seemed like all we did was fight and make love, fight and make love, fight and make love. One time, I’m not kidding you, we fell out the window together.” Throw in a trio of murders and a healthy splash of vodka and you have, more or less, the plot of Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.   Read more »

Dwarf star

Verdi’s Macbeth poses a challenge to any company with the audacity to mount it. It’s layered and fascinating, but it needs a strong cast of singers and a director with a clear-cut purpose to do justice to Verdi, Shakespeare, and convey the deep-seated drama in the music and libretto. In another installment of the Teatro Regio di Parma’s “Tutto Verdi” series, the small, ambitious house gives a performance that almost perfectly achieves those goals.   Read more »

All Sills final

You can tell a lot about someone from their garage sale. You can tell what’s important to them. You can tell where they’ve been and who they are., what their priorities are and the kind of people they associate with: all sorts of things.

I learned a lot about the New York City Opera from their online auction a few weeks ago.   Read more »

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First steps

There’s something charming and almost irresistible about early Verdi opera. I always equate it to seeing a grade school test from Albert Einstein.

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The little people

As an opera, La Traviata is defined by its characters.

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Questions and antlers

Verdi’s only successful comic opera, Falstaff, is notably hard to produce.

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