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I wake up screaming

“Töt erst sein Weib!” shrieks Anja Kampe as Leonore during the very first moments of Andreas Homoki’s ingenious production of Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, at Opernhaus Zürich. Read more »

Where in the World Is Montserrat Caballé?

The legendary diva failed to show up in court this morning for settlement of her tax fraud case. She dismissed her lawyers two days ago and nobody seems to know where she is. [El País]

Between the dragon and his wrath

Aribert Reimann’s 1978 opera Lear, based of course on Shakespeare’s titanic tragedy King Lear, is a major achievement in modern operatic scoring. In a DVD from a deeply interesting 2014 production from Staatsoper Hamburg, we find a fascinating if flawed direction by Karoline Gruber, propulsive and insightful conducting from Simone Young and a breakthrough performance by Bo Skovhus in the title role.

Shakespeare’s Lear has been an important part of my acting career. I’ve had the great good fortune to perform in eight productions of King Lear (three Lears, two Fools, Gloucester, Albany, and the Duke of Burgundy) and the title role contains such depth and complexity that I’d love to play it again and again. I had real concerns about how this astonishing drama could be adapted into an operatic form.   Read more »


L’odontalgico mirabile liquore

On this day in 1832 Gaetano Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore premiered in Milan.

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Not a quiet thing

On this day in 1965 the musical Flora, the Red Menace opened at the Alvin Theater in New York.

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Damrau Leila

Pli Ceylon pli

Theater an der Wien did justice to Bizet earlier this season with a cast starring Diana Damrau, Dmitry Korchak, and Nathan Gunn.

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Crowned heads

On this day in 1774 Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette became King and Queen of France.

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The bough friend

The Deutsche Opera an Rhein production of Handel’s Xerxes (which is shared with the Berlin Komische Oper), though I saw it three nights ago, has taken a while to settle down in my brain.

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On this day in 1868 the city of Reno, Nevada was founded.

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Getting to know jews, getting to know all about jews

The creation of Kurt Weill’s The Eternal Road and its lately remodeled avatar, The Road of Promise, boiled down and premiered at Carnegie Hall Wednesday night by the Collegiate Chorale and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, was an intricate process, far more interesting than the work itself.

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