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  • kashania: Thanks, AJ. 3:13 PM
  • kashania: If Lopardo’s statement were more evenhanded, I could take it more seriously. 3:12 PM
  • Archaeopteryx: Absolutely. I think there should be more of his later operas as well, Maria di Rohan, Poliuto... 3:12 PM
  • armerjacquino: Very even-handedly put. Note, however, that Voigt’s criticism of Gordon tends to be... 3:00 PM
  • warmke: I think it is fair. To examine whether certain artists speaking out against Gelb might have a bias... 2:58 PM
  • armerjacquino: Fair enough. You’re right that you personally haven’t used much disparaging... 2:50 PM
  • kashania: AJ: I’m sorry if your “Got it” was intended as anything other than sarcasm. I... 2:43 PM
  • armerjacquino: Sorry. When I said ‘page’ , and you responded, I assumed you’d bothered to... 2:29 PM
  • armerjacquino: Your response was to repeat the same argument I was criticising. You don’t seem to... 2:28 PM
  • kashania: Don’t put words into my mouth. I have not read any of the comments and said no such thing... 2:27 PM

If it quacks like a Lebrecht

It’s Logic 101, really: “Peter Gelb says opera in the United States is having trouble finding an audience. A single performance at the Mariinsky Opera last week sold out. Therefore, Peter Gelb is a liar.”

Happy Birthday Eleanor Steber

Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of that superb American soprano Eleanor Steber. Read more »

“Ya proklinayu tebya, moy rokovaya krasota!”

One of the late Mike Richter‘s most endearing traits was his fascination with rare or downright offbeat recordings, such as this complete 1963 performance of Verdi’s Don Carlos in Russian by artists of the Bolshoi. Read more »

Lady Bracknell

Delicate exotic fruit

“The description I read of this Boris, which I have not seen…”

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dagger

Indian summer

“Who will dare dance with me the ancient Dagger-Dance of the Californians?”

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Concert de Paris à l'occasion du 14 Juillet

La place des étoiles

Starting in less than half an hour, “Le Concert de Paris.”

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Oh Dad Poor Dad

All in the family

Our Own Jungfer Marianne Leizmetzerin delves into the seedy personal lives of royalty (especially queens) with this performance of Semiramide from San Francisco.

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maazel

Lorin Maazel 1930-2014

The prolific American conductor and composer died earlier today in Virginia.

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rimsky

The Night They Raided Rimsky’s

Opera-lovers who attend too much modern opera may find that it feels like duty.

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passenger

Notes on camp

Zofia Posmysz spent two years as a prisoner in Auschwitz—and she’s still alive and standing pretty tall, in New York for the Lincoln Center Festival God bless her.

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