Cher Public

  • m. croche: The lyrical, expressive score by Paula M. Kimper is the opera’s central attraction, and the closest comparison I can make to... 4:38 PM
  • La Cieca: Check back tomorrow at noon for a link to the video and a discussion page for La Juive. 4:23 PM
  • NPW-Paris: Another senior moment. I read “porker̶ 1;. 1:25 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Anna Netrebko’s “Vier letzte Lieder” (“Four Last Songs”) of Richard Strauss are now on Mixcloud. Christian... 1:04 PM
  • laddie: Whoops, WRONG day, dearie. 11:52 AM
  • laddie: No thread for La Juive? 11:51 AM
  • Will: Just when I’m thinking this whole barihunk thing is getting a little tired, along comes a picture of Mr. Jarrett Ott and I... 10:17 AM
  • Donna Anna: David, Watch “Alive Inside” if you want to see just how powerful music can be for people with dementia. Amazing... 9:15 AM

Home brew

FigaroFor some, opera in New York City equals the Met, but due to a recent contretemps many may now know there’s also LoftOpera. But an extraordinarily rich variety of other work happens locally, as one can see scanning through the roster of recent offerings grouped under the umbrella of New York Opera Fest.  Read more »

Natural sounds

BarbraOn this day in 1967 Barbra Streisand‘s A Happening in Central Park, uh, happened in New York.  Read more »

Stone cold killer

MattilaThere’s a moment early in the film Volver where Almodovar reveals Carmen Maura, his glamorous star of yesteryear, done up as an unkempt old lady, and though it’s easy to google her and see that she’s doing fine in real life, the transformation is wrenchingly poignant. I thought of it last night at the War Memorial despite Karita Mattila’s failure to look a day older than she ever has, because I recall her Jenufas as if they were yesterday, and yet here we are. Batons have been passed. Die Zeit, die ist ein sonderbar Ding and all that.  Read more »

Mrs Voigt

Misses Lovett

Deborah Voigt has canceled her role debut as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd at Florida Grand Opera.

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genia

Plate spinning

Genia Kühmeier, Christian Gerhaher and Phyllis Bryn-Julson performing works by Richard Strauss, Mahler and Berg.

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Nureyev

Le Jeune-homme et la Liberté

On this day in 1961 premier danseur Rudolf Nurevey defected from the (then) Soviet Union to the west via Paris.

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Don Carlo 1

Four faints in five acts

That little place just two hours from the city is on the list of things I shall never understand, like the plot of Parsifal.

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Neil

The freeze ray needs work

Happy 43rd birthday actor Neil Patrick Harris.

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mccormack

Song o’ my heart

Born on this day in 1884 tenor John McCormack.

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cell

One ringy-dingy

Opera Upper West recently tweeted an unfortunate picture of me.

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