Cher Public

  • kashania: Thanks for this, Marianne. I also wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Gioconda from a couple of weeks ago, especially the... 10:58 AM
  • quoth the maven: When I saw her in the Salzburg Trovatore earlier this month, the voice sounded as free and firm as I’d ever heard... 10:42 AM
  • moritz: The Lebanon with an aera about half the size of Wales and a population of around 4,4 million took in more than 1,2 million Syrian... 10:38 AM
  • ML: Could be wonderful. 10:31 AM
  • ML: She steers her career well, as you indicated, and the voice has been in lustrous form this month. 10:28 AM
  • armerjacquino: What *is* the ‘long range future’ where Netrebko is concerned? If most other soprano careers are anything to go... 9:40 AM
  • kennedet: Time always tell, Bill. The bottom in many cases is the first to go. Vocal technique and all of its ramifications will continue... 9:38 AM
  • La Cieca: Yes, and we all recall the old saying, “She had such a beautiful voice until she ruined it singing all that Massenet and... 9:31 AM

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 »