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  • Constantine A. Papas: Battle was a great singer. Along the way, she developed an incurable disease that... 11:05 AM
  • Dabrowski: Silly me, I didn’t read carefully enough, we’re talking Broadway and not film. 11:01 AM
  • Dabrowski: As a kid, I loved her. Still do, really. Nyong’o is at least pretty enough to portray her.... 10:47 AM
  • kashania: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=S6EO XT6_inw 10:39 AM
  • aulus agerius: There was also one called Red White and Maddox a couple of years later (41 performances), one... 10:11 AM
  • pavel: “The world’s most luxurious soprano” :-)) 10:07 AM
  • alejandro: btw: (forgive if this has been linked to already) http://www.amazon. com/Richard-Str... 9:53 AM
  • alejandro: I read she’s starring in the movie adaptation of Americanah, which sounds like a great... 9:43 AM
  • alejandro: I love Lupita! BRING IT. And for all her divatude, I saw Battle in L’Elisir opposite... 9:41 AM
  • Will: They’re going to have to be very careful — given the lady’s history, I can imagine... 9:40 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 »