Cher Public

  • NPW-Paris: I know (who doesn’t?) that Parterre is demanding but must we be word perfect even in Welsh? 4:15 PM
  • armerjacquino: Verrett was a stunning-looking woman; no ‘don fatal’ discords there! 4:04 PM
  • Lohenfal: WCO, thanks for acknowledging the Parsifal premiere, but the date of the first performance was July 26, 1882. The second one was... 3:53 PM
  • Operngasse: I hope that this will fall into the “loverly lyrical” category: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=JEkE AaJFCOg I... 2:44 PM
  • Camille: She stepped up her intensity considerably in the “Töt erst sein Weib” section and I really enjoyed and might prefer... 2:28 PM
  • Orlando Furioso: I had never heard that about Georg & Claire, but it wouldn’t be out of character for him. Fortunately the... 2:11 PM
  • Camille: Just finishing Act I and Florestan making his appearance and can say with a sigh of relief that I’m very glad some of... 1:57 PM
  • kashania: Russell Thomas was an excellent Don José in Toronto a couple of months ago. He and Rachvelishvilli were on fire in the final act. 1:36 PM

A star is reborn

Let’s start with some refreshing news:  “Poèmes” is the finest thing Renée Fleming has recorded in many a season.  This is not an obvious vanity project.  A collection of 20th century French orchestral songs in which Ravel’s “Shéhérazade” is the best-known item is probably a marketing executive’s nightmare, even with a soprano as iconic as Fleming.  But the end result is a marvelous showcase for this artist.  Along the way, she shines a spotlight on neglected masters deserving of greater recognition. Read more »