Cher Public

  • phoenix: right you are Rudie – Sig. Bybee advertises himself as a baritone - I remember the old RCA Moffo set. It was engineered so... 4:39 AM
  • soubrettino: I love a good Rondine. The Doretta’s dream is done to death IMHO, and I prefer Magda’s second aria.... 3:59 AM
  • manou: As I am in the mood for an excruciating bilingual pun (and when am I not?), I will ask whether the stage holes are green. 3:57 AM
  • NPW-Paris: “Netrebko herself took a tumble in one of the Paris Opera potholes.” With whom? 2:52 AM
  • NPW-Paris: In true French style it was announced that A.Netrebko would be replaced by “Madame Eh”. I wonder how they might... 2:50 AM
  • CwbyLA: Great review Albert! So informative. It was a great pleasure to read it. I saw the work in Santa Fe last year. It was my first... 2:25 AM
  • Vergin Vezzosa: My out on a limb guess for Salome next season at the Met is Lisa Lindstrom. Please not Nada M.. Next week we will know. 2:18 AM
  • NPW-Paris: As it happens, so did I. I only ever saw her once before in in I Capuleti, and it wasn’t a great evening – at... 1:39 AM

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 »