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  • bluecabochon: For every person who booed and yelled, there were audience members nearby who loudly told them... 2:53 AM
  • tancredipasero: As the other commenters have noted, the disruptions were minimal. Whatever inclination... 2:39 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Well Michael was fine in the role. Only at the end did you hear shrillness on top. Granted... 2:20 AM
  • SF Guy: Ooops! 2:11 AM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: Who by the way delivered her baby 2 weeks ago. 2:02 AM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: She withdrew from SF saying she had planned procedures following an emergency... 2:00 AM
  • Krunoslav: Um, It is Sonya YONCHEVA, age 32, who is pregnant, not Krassimira STOYANOVA. Granted, both are... 1:59 AM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: SF Guy: we’re talking about Krassimira Stoyanova, not Sonya Yoncheva. 1:58 AM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: That’s a different singer. 1:58 AM
  • Krunoslav: She is 52 years old, as OPERA NEWS mentions in the piece on her in the current issue, so that... 1:57 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 »