Cher Public

  • Krunoslav: Try this clip: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=DZ7s 8XPPPfo 12:01 PM
  • zinka: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=WtKs E3rfBto You mean I can discover even more????? Gorgeous work and the legendary 76 yr.old... 11:52 AM
  • Bill: Isokoski took a professorship at a University in the north of Finland and decided to curtail her public performances after her... 11:31 AM
  • Bill: At one point about 2 years ago Stoyanova stated in an interview when asked about new roles that although she was not one to ask for... 11:25 AM
  • Krunoslav: “For Di Quella Pira he had to climb onto a crescent moon which then rose quite high over the stage, looking as if it was... 11:08 AM
  • Krunoslav: Do any of our members have performance memories of Edith Coates, who always looks unbelievably stagy and crude in pics of her... 10:44 AM
  • Krunoslav: Met coloratura (1954-59) Dolores Wilson– she of the Nixa LUCIA– played Aunt Jenny in this musical; she actually... 10:35 AM
  • whiskey per tutti: There was a “studio cast” recording with at least some of the original cast participating, Sally Ann Howes... 9:55 AM

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 »