One of opera’s great “what ifs?” is what would young Erich Wolfgang Korngold have contributed to the repertoire had the likes of The Adventures of Robin Hood (which is a damned great score and won him an Oscar, by the way) not beckoned him to Hollywood? At least we have Die tote Stadt (composed when he was 23) to set our imaginations aflame. Read more »
On this day in 1853 the first potato chips were prepared by chef George Crum in Saratoga Springs, NY. Read more »
It’s fun to wonder what might have happened if Rossini had never composed Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Would Giovanni Paisiello’s earlier adaptation of the work be a repertory favorite? Or would it have faded into obscurity with an occasional revival here and there?
On this day in 1945 Noel Coward‘s revue Sigh No More premiered in London.
“She sounds the note of deep pathos in both action and song convincingly, and last night won the tribute of tears from many eyes.”
“Wolfram von Eschenbach is played by the up and coming German baritone Daniel Schmutzhard.”
Jamie Barton will add a new role to her Met repertory this season when she sings Giovanna Seymour in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena.