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  • Lohengrin: If necessary it would be better to compare Camarena and Florez, they both sind the same repertoir.... 2:21 PM
  • Milady DeWinter: Oh of course,antik- Jonas and Xavier are indeed vocal apples and oranges- I was sort of... 1:46 PM
  • Cicciabella: Woof! Woof! 1:45 PM
  • Constantine A. Papas: Politicizing art suffocates creativity and impedes evolution of civilized minds. New... 1:43 PM
  • Operatunity: Great Review, John! In 2003, an LA Times article, “Let’s pause to look beyond the... 1:39 PM
  • Satisfied: One last aside…I̵ 7;ve disagreed with JJ’s reviews (both for the Post and for the... 1:33 PM
  • Satisfied: Not at all, I admire good opera/theater criticism, even if I don’t agree with it. It’s... 1:32 PM
  • operaassport: I’d like to meet the parents who named him Speedo. Oh, and I meant photogenic! 1:23 PM
  • antikitschychick: Yes I know he is singing Jurame :-)….have heard it sung by Domingo, Villazon and... 1:11 PM
  • uwsinnyc: “A big thank you to everyone who reported on Klinghoffer and reviewed the performance. This... 1:01 PM

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 »