Cher Public

  • Porgy Amor: I was rooting for Nick Nolte for Affliction among that crop, but Edward Norton (American History X or McKellen would have been... 5:27 PM
  • Porgy Amor: I copied one other line from the SJT Anna Nicole review, when I linked to it for someone elsewhere: “We also have a wild... 5:14 PM
  • Porgy Amor: All those voices in her head. 4:11 PM
  • sutherlandfan: Re Herheim, here’s his take on the upcoming Boheme: http://www.theoper aplatform.eu/en/ar ticle/new-old-la-b oheme 4:08 PM
  • Rowna: I have only listened to the first hour – I have work to do! The conducting is so fantastic I forgive all average and below... 4:03 PM
  • manou: The Internet reports that Gloria felt nauseous in the public transport. 3:57 PM
  • Porgy Amor: He also wrote the notes for a reissue of the Muti Ernani — whichever one came out around middle of last decade. 3:42 PM
  • Cicciabella: I hope he also got to review Jerry Springer, the Opera. Opera Britannia has good reviewers, but they need to spruce up the... 3:02 PM

A dude? Am I a dude? Madame Flora, a dude?

It’s just not true that Gian Carlo Menotti composed The Medium as an opera only because he couldn’t get Joan Crawford to do it when his libretto was originally a screenplay. But you can see how these rumors get started. I know what I’m talking about here, because I started that one myself.   Read more »

L’infelice Aragonese

Camille Saint-Saëns was such a brilliant, facile musician that pals like Wagner and Liszt felt a distinct schadenfreude when he suffered composer’s block. Still, in a career of some eighty years’ length, he completed a dozen operas (not to mention symphonies and concertos and, as Leon Botstein explained and demonstrated at Bard, the world’s first full-length film score)—but you are unlikely to have heard more than one of the operas.  Read more »

Thirds and music

Richard Wagner told Cosima he first got the idea of composing an opera about Tristan and Isolde while he was conducting Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi starring his muse, Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient, in the trouser role of Romeo.

Wagner said lots of stuff. Whether this bit was true or not, it was Wagner’s high opinion of Bellini (especially Norma, of course) that kept the man in the repertory outside of Italy through the dark years of verismo and Gesamtkünstwerk. Happily, the two men never met; Wagner would have tried to borrow money and you know how that would have turned out.  Read more »