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Cher Public

  • "As someone from Istanbul, I call him Fatih Sultan Mehmet. In honor of the Conquest of..." - CwbyLA
  • "The “Meistersinger” was recorded for DVD in its second year..." - Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin
  • "Very interested in La Ciociara, and I agree, these interviews are a bit fluff. I..." - vilbastarda
  • "Have some more music by birthday-boy Dusapin, papopera. Perhaps it will sweeten..." - m. croche
  • "httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=42b1 WUJ6MCw" - laddie
  • "Rats, no soft “g”." - NPW-Paris
  • "De?il mi?" - NPW-Paris
  • "Han?" - NPW-Paris

We were dead, you know

The setting: a dark plaza extending directly in front of a storied opera house. The time: just after a ho-hum revival of something Puccini. The crowd streams out, moderately satisfied but also far from bowled over. A group open to a proposition, you could say.   Read more »

Gettin’ Ligeti Wit It

macabreWhen invited to participate in a discourse on artistic standards (hello, internet!), it’s easy — pleasurable, even — for an aesthete to bray about “the fall.” Where are the true heldentenors? Your kingdom for a Callas! (Or a Stratas, or a Rysanek!) And might the public, at long last, deserve a stable of directors who possess the good sense to avoid both the trope-y familiar as well as the ill-advised pathways of, ugh, the modern? Read more »