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  • Buster: Bradic is indeed wonderful. She was in the ensemble in Antwerp a few years ago – saw her in... 4:30 PM
  • phoenix: I didn’t need another NYT Clinton endorsement, but read the article and enjoy it –... 4:29 PM
  • PushedUpMezzo: I was at one of the Dresden performances and she certainly convinced me. In fact, having heard... 4:16 PM
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  • PCally: The one review I read was decidedly mixed, after which I read that she canceled the Bayreuth Isolde.... 4:09 PM
  • Gualtier M: Hey Broken Record: The Richard Tucker Prize goes to a young AMERICAN singer. ALWAYS. (I know I... 4:08 PM
  • Thingsaregettingbetterdownhere: orestes: The boys can’t keep up with Goerke-Mattila-Bar ton, but that... 4:03 PM
  • turings: I’m glad they’re featuring Katarina Bradic in Amor vien dal destino. I don’t know... 3:51 PM
  • orestes: I’m going to Walkure on Thursday and can’t wait to hear her. She wowed me as Adalgisa,... 3:44 PM
  • uwsinnyc: Good points. I find her interesting but she doesn’t give me goosebumps and the voice never... 3:11 PM

Present danger

On this day in 1184 BC (according to tradition) the Greeks entered Troy using the Trojan Horse. Read more »

And it was grand just to stand

On this day in 1961, Judy Garland sang a legendary concert at Carnegie Hall that has been called “the greatest night in show business history.” Read more »

Grail mix

Contemporary stagings of Parsifal tend to be spare, abstract affairs scrubbed of religious associations, knights in armor and, sometimes, a grail. Modern dress, stylized gestures and suggestive symbols are supposed to help audiences navigate Wagner’s mystifying tale of redemption.  Stephen Langridge’s 2013 take for Royal Opera, now available on Opus Arte, is an especially grim, heavy handed specimen that doesn’t show a great deal of confidence in the music or the audience.   There’s misery at nearly every turn, with the music functioning for long stretches as accompaniment to an almost cinematic treatment of suffering and fear. While some of the imagery may be riveting, there is little sense of the hero’s spiritual development, or what makes the Grail brotherhood tick. Read more »

Lady Rupert

“And I presume you know what that unfortunate movement led to?”

“This is wrong, wrong, wrong and a betrayal of the spirit of ENO’s Founding Fathers.”

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Fiorenza Cossotto

Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita

Happy 80th birthday mezzo-soprano Fiorenza Cossotto!

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Titans

Lupa always liked you best

On this day in 753 BC, according to tradition, Romulus and Remus founded Rome.

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Victoria

Halfy birthday

Friend of the box Andrew Whitfield (not pictured) is celebrating his birthday by slashing prices in half on everything in the Opera Depot catalog for the rest of the week.

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Vogt

He writes the songs

Klaus Florian Vogt is a singer oft discussed at parterre pox, but few have had the opportunity to hear him, especially those in the USA.

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Paddock

Fog and filthy air

On this day in 1611: the first documented performance of Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth at the Globe Theatre.

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Betsy Krabs

“Need I say more?”

Miss Jessye Norman (not pictured!) grants what can only be described as the definitively definitive Diva Interview.

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