It’s been a bitterly cold winter in NY. When it’s bitterly cold, the air is dry. When the air is dry, those nagging coughs tend to overstay their welcome. And when those nagging coughs overstay their welcomes, singers have to cancel. And so now twice in one week, the Met has had a major cancellation that caused a major buzz among the opera faithful. The first cancellation was Jonas Kaufmann in Werther on Monday which led to the debut of Jean-Francois Borras, a last minute cover with a stunningly beautiful tenor voice. The second cancellation occurred Thursday, when at 2:10 the Met announced that Thomas Hampson had withdrawn from opening night of Wozzeck, and Matthias Goerne would replace him. Read more »
Life is not fair. There are rules that apply to Jonas Kaufmann, and rules that apply to everyone else. I can’t think of a singer who does less to curry favor with the audience than Kaufmann. Mere mortals will smile eagerly, wanting, needing that adoration. God Jonas is Just Too Cool for Any of That. Read more »
The legend of the mermaid is ancient, and recently scientists have theorized that these legends might have arisen when humans encountered marine mammals such as whales, seals, or sea lions. Marine mammals live partially or entirely in the ocean, but must come to the surface to breathe. They are also famously intelligent, with an uncanny ability to communicate not only with each other, but with humans as well. The ancients seemed to acknowledge that these were creatures that deserved attention. Read more »
f you like opera to look like a museum, the Arena di Verona’s latest video of Aida should jump to the top of your wish list.
The Jesi foundation continues its tireless quest of making Pergolesi operas available on video.
In August 1845 Alexandre Dumas fils ended his brief but passionate affair with Parisian courtesan Marie Duplessis. He sent her a bitter letter that is often quoted in program notes about La Traviata.
This cozy video of Il Barbiere di Siviglia was recently re-released and will be of interest to those who are only familiar with Cecilia Bartoli‘s work after she became an international star.