Cher Public

  • danpatter: I couldn’t agree more. Tucker’s voice was the first tenor voice I listened to and liked. He was on so many... 6:45 PM
  • kennedet: I could be dead wrong but I find it difficult to believe that Battle’s life will ever appear on stage, film or anywhere... 5:14 PM
  • gustave of montreal: Then BOULEVARD SOLITUDE 4:50 PM
  • JohninSeattle: Returns of the day to our favored “playwright, actor, commentator and diseuse”. That said… Oh to have... 3:51 PM
  • Daniel: Arquez, pardonnez-moi̷ 0; 3:33 PM
  • Daniel: It’s unfortunate to read yet another review so focused on soloists’ vocal timbre rather than the overall effect of the... 3:31 PM
  • 98rsd: Levine and the Met Chorus and Orchestra easily outclassed this effort. And the soloists were basically just okay. Any idea why... 2:41 PM
  • zinka: BOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!! As we approach (Aug.28) the birthday of my favorite tenor, Richard Tucker, I think of some of the... 12:56 PM

‘Tale’ of the unexpected

taleThings 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 »

Bridging the gap

TraviataOn 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 »

May the Schwarz be with you

Hanna SchwarzHappy 73rd birthday mezzo-soprano Hanna SchwarzRead more »



Born on this day in 1904 baritone and teacher Martial Singher.

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Florence Foster Jenkins

Amateur hour

Florence Foster Jenkins, a new film directed by Stephen Frears, celebrates a true amateur.

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How green was my hill

On this day in 1876 the Bayreuth Festspielhaus opens with the first complete performance of the Ring.

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Raymond Leppard

The man who brought back Baroque

Happy 89th birthday conductor Raymond Leppard.

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Johanna Meier

Wagner, where you least expect it

“Trove Thursday” offers a Der Fliegende Holländer from New York City Opera featuring the underrated American soprano Johanna Meier.

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Patrice Munsel

Patrice Munsel 1925-2016

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.

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People may say I can’t write, but no one can ever say I didn’t write

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.

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