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  • Dolciamente Pipo: I was there! I also thought Mary Elizabeth Williams was terrific. I totally agree with your assessment: a few wayward... 6:14 PM
  • DerLeiermann: *Clutches pearls* 6:01 PM
  • Hippolyte: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=H0B1 G36Vf_M 5:30 PM
  • Ilka Saro: Similar “reclamation of refuse” efforts led to most of what is known of PDQ Bach… according to Professor... 4:24 PM
  • derschatzgabber: Did anyone else attend the Nabucco in Seattle? I was in the house last Saturday night. I very much enjoyed Ms. Williams... 4:07 PM
  • guy pacifica: But lucky for us out West, with Seattle in the backyard. 3:33 PM
  • Gualtier M: Sad news: American soprano Camellia Johnson died yesterday after a brief illness. httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=s... 2:30 PM
  • Lurker_del_Cairo: Yes, such nonsense that I left it behind, unfinished, on an airplane. 2:15 PM

Do you like movies about gladiators?

On this day in 79 AD Mount Vesuvius began stirring, on the feast day of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire.  Read more »

This is the end of the news

On this day in 1945 Noel Coward‘s revue Sigh No More premiered in London.   Read more »

A beautiful vision

“She sounds the note of deep pathos in both action and song convincingly, and last night won the tribute of tears from many eyes.” On February 11, 1907, Geraldine Farrar, a week shy of her 25th birthday, became the Metropolitan Opera’s first Cio-Cio-San.   Read more »

Baker

Sea-sound, like violins

Happy 81st birthday mezzo-soprano Dame Janet Baker.

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“That goes without saying”

“Wolfram von Eschenbach is played by the up and coming German baritone Daniel Schmutzhard.”

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Jamie Barton

Leave it to Jane

Jamie Barton will add a new role to her Met repertory this season when she sings Giovanna Seymour in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena.

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Ory

Sister act

On this day in 1828 Gioacchino Rossini‘s opera Le Comte Ory premiered in Paris.

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Gustav

It’s good to be the king

On this day in 1772 Gustav III seized effective control of the Swedish government and restored the full power of the monarchy, which had been subordinate to parliament since 1720.

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Now laughing friends deride tears I cannot hide

Born on this day in 1873 lyricist Otto Harbach.

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Superglottal

In attempting to get a little bit of everything onto my Mixcloud page, I realized that I inadvertently neglected some essentials: 1) Leyla Gencer 2) La Gioconda.  

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