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  • Greg.Freed: I have long felt that the linked clip of Turandot makes our Ghena look lamentably like Wednesday... 9:33 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: There was some speculation here a few days ago as to Neil Shicoff’s 40th... 8:09 PM
  • Fluffy-net: Why not go through the entire roster for Santa Fe and note where each singer is from? Include... 7:33 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Kruno, I really think you should just stop talking in circles and work on the atomic bomb. For... 5:33 PM
  • laddie: BTW, Costello and Perez also still listed for Dallas Opera’s Manon next March. 5:17 PM
  • Krunoslav: Thanks, Manou. I wouldn’t have hired her for Huddersfield on the basis of that- overbright... 5:00 PM
  • luvtennis: Good Lord! I am going to write a play for the two of you called “The English Agent.”... 4:08 PM
  • manou: Corpus delicti: https://vimeo.com/ 66344163 3:51 PM
  • PCally: Krunoslav, what are you talking about? Did it ever occur to you that someone might have heard Rhian... 3:32 PM
  • armerjacquino: You really can’t resist making up people’s arguments, can you? I say that... 3:31 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 »