Things have taken a rather Teutonic turn on my Mixcloud page as of late, so, despite the absence of a single French singer, I am happy to finally add Les contes d’Hoffmann to the playlist in a Salzburg performance from 2003 with Neil Shicoff in one of his parade roles. The dames of his dreams are L’ubica Vargicová, Krassimira Stoyanova, and Waltraud Meier, and Ruggero Raimondi his nemeses. Read more »
On Saturday night, dell’ arte Opera Ensemble presented a lean performance of La Traviata as part of a pairing called Violetta & her Sisters. The opera, performed in conjunction with Massenet’s Manon, examines the precarious position—the inherent freedoms and limitations therein—of the fallen woman, as Verdi’s title conveys. Read more »
Florence Foster Jenkins, a new film directed by Stephen Frears, celebrates a true amateur.
On this day in 1876 the Bayreuth Festspielhaus opens with the first complete performance of the Ring.
“Trove Thursday” offers a Der Fliegende Holländer from New York City Opera featuring the underrated American soprano Johanna Meier.
The soprano, famed for her status youngest performer to make a debut at the Met as well as her flamboyant style and personality, died last Thursday after suffering a stroke.
An aging eccentric—who has for decades occupied a dubious place on the fringes of New York’s musical life—today saw a lifelong dream fulfilled.