Cher Public

  • Feldmarschallin: Petra Lang is singing the Isolde next year in Bayreuth. 1:06 AM
  • Bluebeard: I think someone told me Kampe’s not doing Walkure next year (no word if she’ll do Isolde), so I’m guessing... 11:55 PM
  • erricco: such chauvinism is pathetic 11:39 PM
  • Krunoslav: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=T9iM qd6T9O0 Tom Krause was a great artist, in opera recital and concert rep–also a... 11:32 PM
  • Donna Anna: Sorry for the error. This is the variation… httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=YHnN iuSxoIc 11:13 PM
  • Donna Anna: Not an opera or a song cycle, but my favorite variation on the theme of Alice, with the luminous Coral Browne, the last film... 11:13 PM
  • Camille: www.themorgan.org Look for Alice underground. 8:40 PM
  • Camille: Speaking of Alice: at The Morgan Library www,themorgan.org there currently an exhibition devoted to the 150th year commemoration... 8:39 PM

Fou fighter

It is easy to become overly identified with opera—as a cleverer friend of mine once noted: being a sports fan is an interest, but if you like opera, everyone thinks of it as a crippling obsession. Les Troyens doesn’t help matters; “I’m going to a four hour opera,” you tell someone, trying to convey the magnitude of Troyens, but somehow it seems not to hint at the right degree of lunacy, so the next time, you include intermissions and say “I’m going to a five hour opera” and up and up it goes until you admit, between puffs on your gauloise, that everyone was right and you must be tres fou.   Read more »

Myth opportunity

France has this year saluted one of its greatest composers with many performances including revivals of some long-forgotten works. Unlike his homeland, America hasn’t exactly been vigorous about commemorating the 250th anniversary of the death of Jean-Philippe Rameau.   Read more »

Abs of a Soldier

La Cieca has obtained this photo of Thomas Hampson headlining Camouflage Night at Powerhouse, uh, rehearsing for Heart of a Soldier at the San Francisco Opera. You can tell the scene is Northern Rhodesia in 1962, because that is where the British military first started offering complimentary personal training packages to their troops. Read more »