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  • alejandro: Oh I was making a joke at my expense! If I had said what I wrote in person to you you would have... 1:19 PM
  • CerquettiFarrell: Sad news OT – the Israeli-born conductor Israel Ynon died yesterday on the podium... 1:18 PM
  • la vociaccia: “Maybe in a more lyrical role the flaws would emerge more clearly?” Judith IS a... 1:10 PM
  • Will: I’m not the greatest fan of the Merry Widow, particularly not in the bad translations/&#... 12:59 PM
  • scifisci: thanks for sharing this, all very beautiful 12:56 PM
  • uwsinnyc: “I just think she’s singing in the wrong fach — this is not a Tosca or Salome voice. ”... 12:51 PM
  • Milady DeWinter: Oh, the haunted house sound effects! Forgot about those: they were sort of fun with... 12:51 PM
  • gal: I heard Markov live in this role in 2009. He was great, was rightfully cheered and I thought he would... 12:49 PM
  • la vociaccia: Hey! I don’t disagree with you, it’s a real, virile sound. It just didn’t.... 12:42 PM
  • MontyNostry: I’ve only heard Markov live once – in a recital about 10 years ago with other... 12:38 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 »